İrem GÖL -TDO- A huge crowd despite the Coronavirus fears, queue for hours to see the Olympic flame in Japan. However, the International Olympic Committee has paved the way for the Tokyo Games to be postponed after giving itself a four-week deadline to consider its options. While the Committee has ruled out cancelling the Olympics, it will consider a scaled down Games as well as delaying them for a few months, or more likely a year.
Canada has become the first country to warn that it will not send its athletes to the Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed for a year, as pressure builds to delay the Games due to Coronavirus pandemic. The Canadian Olympic Committee said holding the Games as planned would threaten the health of its athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these Games.” Several other countries have already called fo rhte Games to be postponed, including the Brazilian Olympic Committee which cited “the notorious worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic ” and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to maintain their best competitive level.”