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Expect Tokyo Olympics to go ahead as scheduled despite Covid-19 concerns: Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

Prime News, National and International Sport and Games, Olympics, New Delhi, February 28:- Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said that he expects this year’s Tokyo Olympics to go ahead smoothly despite fears being expressed over the fate of the games amid the novel coronavirus threat.

In response to questions about the games on the sidelines of a workshop to sensitise Indian athletes about Japanese etiquette and culture in New Delhi, Rijiju said, the virus exists in China not in Tokyo.

Rijiju said “the current situation demands that nations come together to fight the crisis. Talking about India’s preparations for the Olympics, he said, none of the logistical mistakes made in Rio 2016 would be allowed to repeat.”

The Olympic Games are scheduled to be held in July-August this year but a senior IOC member Dick Pound has said that the event might have to be cancelled, if the deadly Covid-19 outbreak is not brought under control by May. The virus, which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan (Hubei Province), has so far claimed over 2,000 lives.

According to media reports, more than 180 people in Japan have contracted the virus and three have died because of it. The Tokyo organisers have repeatedly asserted that there is no threat to the games at this point. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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