IOC Official Comments on Potential Impacts of Coronavirus on 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Feb 25, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  
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Teams from countries all over the world are set to compete in Tokyo in July but that could be jeopardized if the Coronavirus is not contained in the next couple months.


As reported on Tuesday by AP News in an exclusive interview with Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, the IOC has to make a decision in the next two or three months on whether it can hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer in light of the coronavirus outbreak. This means that the decision would likely come in late May. “In and around that time, I’d say folks are going to have to ask: "Is this under sufficient control that we can be confident about going to Tokyo or not?’” Pound told The Associated Press.

Pound said that organizers are more likely to cancel the Games altogether, rather than postpone or move them if coronavirus isn't under control. Pound told the AP, “You just don’t postpone something on the size and scale of the Olympics. There’s so many moving parts, so many countries and different seasons, and competitive seasons, and television seasons. You can’t just say, 'We’ll do it in October’ and because there are few places in the world that could think of gearing up facilities in that short time to put something on.”

As the Games draw near, Pound said, “a lot of things have to start happening. You’ve got to start ramping up your security, your food, the Olympic Village, the hotels. The media folks will be in there building their studios.”

If the IOC decides the Olympic Games cannot go forward as scheduled in Tokyo, “you’re probably looking at a cancellation."

The opening ceremony is scheduled for July 24, 2020 and around 11,000 athletes plus many more fans and support staff are scheduled to attend. According to the AP article, Pound encouraged athletes to keep training saying, "As far as we all know, you’re going to be in Tokyo. All indications are at this stage that it will be business as usual. So keep focused on your sport and be sure that the IOC is not going to send you into a pandemic situation.”

Pound says that the IOC is relying on consultations with the World Health Organization to make any move.

Covid-19, 2019-nCoV or the 2019 novel coronavirus, affects the respiratory system. Coronavirus actually refers to the group of viruses that this new strain belongs to, along with the common cold, flu, SARS and MERS. We reported on impacts the virus may have to the bike industry less than two weeks ago after the announcement that the Taipei Bike Show had been postponed, citing that some production and manufacturing delays, along with other supply chain disruptions within the bike industry were almost certain.


200 Comments

  • 362 3
 Dick pound. Lol.
  • 95 1
 RIP his childhood.
  • 10 1
 nice.
  • 51 0
 That's nothing. I legit knew a guy named Peter Yanker.
  • 28 0
 @sarahallen: I once knew of a Jack Knauf. The K was not silent.
  • 18 0
 You think it would have made more sense for him to go by "Richard Pound"...
  • 5 0
 @swansong: Oh my...child abuse!
  • 3 7
flag gravitysucks53 (Feb 25, 2020 at 14:16) (Below Threshold)
 @sarahallen: yep... had a guy named Tan Dong and another named Shu Thai at one of the companies I worked at....
  • 27 0
 Well I've got an uncle-in-law named Harry Dick Harder. BEAT THAT!!!!
  • 4 0
 For those that know my real name, its worse
  • 13 0
 @sarahallen: I knew a guy named BJ Moorehead. No shit. Upstate NY.
  • 10 0
 Insert INSERT joke here???
  • 5 0
 @sarahallen:

...I know a Rusty Glasscock
  • 6 2
 @rockyjonny: Dick Head
  • 2 0
 docking 101 you get an A+
  • 3 0
 Nosmo King. Hippie parents
  • 6 0
 @rockyjonny: in school there was a girl named Tina titsworth. Poor girl
  • 4 0
 Didn't know him but know of a man named Buddy Buttram.
  • 2 0
 @bull-dozer: Agree, it worked for Richard Freeman in the British Cycling article
  • 5 2
 Hard to get past that name.
  • 28 0
 did anyone read past the first line before going to the comments?
  • 2 0
 I had a roommate Richard/Dick Rankin.
  • 4 0
 @hamncheez: but your last name is cheese!
  • 4 0
 Friends of the family of an ex-fiancée, Sue and Dick Wonderlick.
  • 3 0
 Have a Dick Byrne down the street from me... no joke...
  • 2 0
 Sometimes these names are a proud lineage. We had a civil servant called Dick Hehr. His son, also a politician, goes by the wonderful name: "Kent Hehr".
  • 5 0
 Had a mate... Eric Chen
  • 3 0
 @kmg0: That's funny, I think the worst one, and this kid was crazy, Mike Hunt. Good dude but loco.
  • 1 0
 @rideonjon: Knew a Jack Wang at one point. Legend!
  • 4 0
 @rockyjonny: the most unfortunate name ever has to be Peter File
  • 3 0
 @sarahallen: worked with a girl named Bunny horne (pronounced hornee) and I'm not kidding.
  • 19 0
 Ive heard of a guy called Brian Lopes .....
  • 2 0
 @sarahallen: Jack Imhoff for real dude.
  • 2 1
 I worked for a company with substantial operations in Thailand. So...many...Poons...
  • 3 0
 Knew a poor gal named 'Rhoda Dyck'.
  • 3 0
 I’m dying! I can’t even read the article. I’ll be sharing this link with a couple of my immature friends. They won’t finish the article either.
  • 1 0
 My friends dad, Chris Peacock
  • 1 0
 Mate of mine was called Dick de Kock.
Not bad huh?
  • 3 0
 @kusanagi72: kinda redundant. But has a catchy ring to it.
  • 1 5
flag cuban-b (Feb 25, 2020 at 23:49) (Below Threshold)
 Mike hunt- how has nobody said this yet
  • 2 0
 There was a tough guy in my school named Joe Hannah.
  • 3 0
 Dr. Flamin Balls Jr.
  • 3 0
 There is a Dutch politician called Tiny Kox.

He even has a wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiny_Kox
  • 2 0
 @gravitysucks53: Yep, my Chinese coworkers pick out American names for their professional life. We have a Steel Wang here.
  • 7 0
 My aunt was a nurse and she went to OCS with another nurse named Rhea Dyer. So everyone morning at roll call they'd yell out, "Dyer, Rhea."

In school I knew a guy named Bill Ball. His mother's maiden name was Cox. She thought it was hilarious, so on her wedding invitation they announced, "come to the union of the Cox and Ball's" or something to that effect.
  • 3 1
 I think it’s appalling that the world is on the verge of a global pandemic and we can’t get past the double entendres. How childish!

On a lighter note. A Lad at school was call Dick Shakeshaft, if him and Dick Pound got together things could get quite messy.
  • 5 0
 I knew a dude that knew a dude named.. Isaac Moorcock...
  • 6 0
 @sarahallen: I have a distant relative named Sharon Gay. She married a guy named John Weiner and she took it upon herself to adopt the hyphenated last name of Sharon Gay-Weiner. True story.
  • 2 0
 Ryan Kumbang, no shit
  • 2 0
 cool stories guys!
  • 2 0
 @sarahallen: Dick Long. Another one was Aneal Ram.
  • 4 0
 My neighbor's name was Harry Balls.
  • 3 0
 @jorgeposada:
When I was in late high school (mid-80's) there was a first year kid named Mike Hunt. By impersonating the kid's dad with a phone call to the school office feigning a family emergency someone tricked a rookie staffer, a few days into her first real job, to call out over the PA system, "Mike Hunt to the principal's office please, Mike Hunt to the principal's office". At lunchtime the first period gym class kids said they heard the collective laughter from outside on the soccer field.

I also went to school with a girl named Sally Goodhand.
  • 4 0
 @salami: That's deep
  • 5 1
 Olympic committee can eat a Pound of Richards. I wonder how long humanity will keep doing this BS
  • 2 1
 State Rep Dick Sweat here in NH.
  • 1 0
 what a big dosser Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @ninesix: No, I couldn't get further. Then I went straight to the comments.
  • 5 0
 Read “dick pound” in first sentence and raced to the comments. Excellent
  • 1 0
 In my profession I use a tool by the name of Woodcock-Johnson
  • 1 0
 @dlford: Hahahaha, you have to wonder what parents are thinking sometimes with these names. Sally sounds like a hot date!
  • 2 1
 A friend's dad worked with a man named Jack Gough. I'm not sure on the spelling, but it's pronounced exactly how you'd expect.
  • 10 1
 My British work colleagues from Bentley Motors in England lost it when I told them the name of the Seattle Mariners’ 6”10” Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher, Randy Johnson.

And then I told them his nickname: “The Big Unit.” I think they pissed themselves. Took a good 10 minutes for them to recover — only for someone to say “Randy Johnson” or “The Big Unit,” a few minutes later. It was the least productive engineering meeting I’ve ever had =P
  • 2 1
 My School in Aussie, kids name: Wayne King
  • 1 0
 started laughing as soon as i saw his name.... didn't think anybody would get it on the first comment!! Oh wait..........!
  • 2 0
 @WRCDH: As a Seattle Mariners fan, I love this. But it also brings up the sadness that The Big Unit was the last time we had good pitching... Frown
  • 3 0
 @WRCDH: That is the funniest thing I've ever read on pinkbike. Big Grin
  • 3 0
 @WRCDH: Dude, that is amazing, I'm in tears.
  • 1 0
 Richard "Dick" Pound Wink
  • 2 0
 I went to high school with Eden Balls. Thank god she got married.
  • 3 2
 I like how there’s a global epidemic and the only comments are dick jokes
  • 4 1
 @PAULHK: welcome to Pinkbike.
  • 3 0
 Served in the USN with a Maximus Cummings, his rank at the time was, "Seaman"...
  • 62 0
 I don't think the significance of Dick Pound can be overstated in this comment section.
  • 49 0
 Dick Pound has weighed in.
  • 19 0
 You can be sure people don't take Dick Pound lightly.
  • 15 0
 He is known for swinging his weight and making it felt from time to time.
  • 6 0
 Dick Pound, the post-brexit currency
  • 28 1
 Dick Pound
  • 11 0
 A senior member, no less
  • 17 3
 Japan has invested 1 trillion in the Olympics. Built a new 1.5 billion dollar stadium in Tokyo just for the Olympics not to mention all the other infrastructure built for the Olympics. Having them in 2021 is a little weird, but postponing it may be only viable solution rather than cancelling.
  • 5 14
flag RedBurn (Feb 25, 2020 at 14:55) (Below Threshold)
 Hahaha imaginé, all this for nothing lol
  • 8 29
flag chucksgrips (Feb 25, 2020 at 15:08) (Below Threshold)
 @RedBurn: im pretty sure you mean all this to prevent the human race from going extinct
  • 43 10
 @chucksgrips: Uhhhh, the corona virus is only slightly deadlier than the common flu. The human race MIGHT survive this.
  • 10 30
flag Lotusoperandi (Feb 25, 2020 at 15:48) (Below Threshold)
 @jayacheess: The coronovirus covid-19 is about as deadly as the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918
  • 16 8
 It seems to be 100X to 200x deadlier.
Average fatality rate of flu in usa is 0.01%
Current death rate of Covid19 is about 2%. But probably 1% if undignosed and asymtomatic cases are accounted for.
In a full blown pandemic 80% of population will be infected. Killing upto 50million people.
@jayacheess:
  • 18 2
 @Lotusoperandi: You shouldn't go throwing statements like that about unless you want to add to the maelstrom of misinformation that is the interweb.

Oh no, wait a minute, I forgot...
That is all the interweb has become, a maelstrom of misinformation.

If you want to go a little deeper (and by that I mean basic research), try this: www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/1918-flu-pandemic
  • 19 0
 I'd love to see where that 1 trillion figure came from. That's a thousand billions, 666 brand new stadiums. Japan's entire GDP is $4.8T
  • 2 10
flag jayacheess (Feb 25, 2020 at 16:25) (Below Threshold)
 @gcrider: 50 million isn't the population of the human race, last I checked.

Secondly, we don't yet have a full picture of what mortality rate will be like for developed countries.
  • 6 0
 @gcrider: Where do you get you numbers and how are they calculated.
I'm admittedly ignorant when it comes to this, but I saw figures that calculate to 10%.

They took the total number of number of deaths/resolved cases . Seems like the right way to calculate it to me.

CFR = deaths / (deaths + recovered)

which, with the latest data available, would be equal to:

2,712 / (2,712 + 28,044) = 9% CFR (worldwide)

If we now exclude cases in mainland China, using current data on deaths and recovered cases, we get:

48 / (48 + 302) = 13.7% CFR (outside of mainland China)


The calculations that are giving low numbers are including current patients, but you don't know their outcome, so it seems incorrect to count them until they recovery or die.
  • 1 0
 I bet they spent some of that money on insurance. Yes, there is insurance for this.
  • 3 3
 50million is an approxaguestation from 8billion peeps x 60to 80% total population infected x 1 % death rate Sorry was too lazy to show working earlier

80% came from tv(must be true)
1% also from Tv
Great reference below about death rates

www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-death-rate/#correct
@jayacheess:
  • 1 2
 You are right that it is more complicated than deviding total deaths by total cases to date
You were more committed to the discussion than I was.
At least its not as deadly as Sars which had50% mortality rate

@TheOriginalTwoTone:

www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-death-rate/#correct
  • 1 0
 You can probably buy insurance for anything if you pay enough countries don’t normally buy insurance /@fullfacemike:
  • 2 0
 @fullfacemike: of course. Insurance is just gambling with a f*ckton of insider knowledge. The house is the player, and they still always win.
  • 3 0
 @jayacheess: Yeah, it's not much of a threat to anyone with a good immune system. It'll kill mostly the elderly. That is why we should ensure that it does not spread unchecked before vaccinations are developed for it!
Or do you want to loose your grandmother before time?
  • 7 1
 @gcrider: you’re comparing the fatality rate of Corona Virus in Asia to the fatality rate of Flu in the US. That’s what we call “lacking external validity”.
  • 1 2
 that is your opinion
  • 2 0
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: Coronavirus fatality rate stands at 1%, flu is significantly lower.

One fatality out of one hundred ain’t great, but it also ain’t that bad ... unless you’re the one.
  • 1 1
 @DasProfessor: It has been over several years they spent the money. They have been planning on having the Olympics there for years.

www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/12/06/national/japan-1-trillion-olympics-audit/#.XlX1tahKiUk
  • 1 0
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: Every day scmp.com (South China Morning Post) has a coronavirus article on the front page with a counter that gets updated daily. The latest numbers: 80,967 infected, 2,763 deaths, and 29,998 recovered.

www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3052402/coronavirus-spreads-europe-china-cases-fall-406-new-infections
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy:
That's 1 trillion Yen
1 Yen = 0.0091 United States Dollar at current rate.
  • 4 0
 @Dropthedebt: But is that the Euro Trillion 10 to the 18 or the incorrect US Trillion 10 to the 9
  • 2 0
 @taprider: good point. They are a civilised nation our Japanese friends and use the Metric system for commerce.
1 Yen = 0.0070 Pound Sterling
1 Yen = 0.012 Canadian Dollar
  • 1 0
 Seems crazy that our definitions of a billion would differ, should have been standardised long ago
  • 2 0
 @Dropthedebt: Oops you are right. Doh!! My bad. Major brain fart. They spent 9 billion.
  • 4 0
 @gcrider: I think you are missing the point: Dick Pound
  • 2 0
 @tacklingdummy: 2,763/29,998*100 = 9.2%
  • 1 0
 @nurseben: So me the calculations that come to that number. Just saying it's 1% doesn't mean much without showing how you came to that number.

I showed how people are coming up with the 10%, show us how you come up with 1%
  • 14 0
 So much money is riding on the line here. Billions. I would be really surprised if they cancelled it.
  • 2 0
 Yeah I would be really surprised if they canceled it when it’s such a big event.
  • 1 0
 @JumpDyna: Dick 2.2 Pound ( 1 kilo in Canada) was the head of the most successful winter Olympics of all time ( Vancouver 2010) -remember the winter Olympics that didnt have snow - It was a big problem and he pulled it off.
If he says there is a problem with Japans turn I would believe him -
  • 13 2
 This news is sickening.
  • 5 2
 Things are getting down with the sickness.... .. . . .
  • 5 1
 coverage of this issue is reaching fever pitch already
  • 2 0
 My British work colleagues from Bentley Motors in England lost it when I told them the name of the Seattle Mariners’ 6”10” Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher, Randy Johnson.

And then I told them his nickname: “The Big Unit.” I think they pissed themselves. Took a good 10 minutes for them to recover — only for someone to say “Randy Johnson” or “The Big Unit,” a few minutes later. It was the least productive engineering meeting I’ve ever had =P
  • 2 0
 I really feel bad for the athletes it sucks for them the worst, I remember when the USA wouldn't go to Russia that was really bad but that's what happens when sucky politicians get involved with good things.
  • 11 0
 I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the people who are quarantined and sick miiiight have it worst than the athletes.
  • 1 0
 had couple teachers once the first head the last name bates.. we called him mater bates he married miss whiteneck. and my senior year there was this freshman that's name was gaylynn p. manhard. Dick Pound would have fit right in with this bunch.
  • 6 4
 Quarantine it from the world. Only invite athletes, officials, and broadcasting staff. Such a bummer for all the athletes if that happens.
  • 1 9
flag goldencycle (Feb 25, 2020 at 14:11) (Below Threshold)
 That's just not realistic with how the virus spreads, and how a quarantine would work in the areas that the sports would be played. How do you quarantine an entire XC race course, for example? Since it is open air, there is no method to do that. The virus has the theoretical capability to travel miles through the air.
  • 8 1
 @goldencycle: that’s incorrect. The disease ‘particles’ can only suspend in air for 3-6 feet. I’m assuming a sneeze velocity can alter that. It won’t float in the air for miles.

www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-new-coronavirus-what-we-do-and-dont-know-2020012518747
  • 4 1
 @goldencycle: "How do you quarantine an entire XC race course, for example?" By only letting people without the corona virus into it?
And are you suggesting it's futile to quarantine sick people? Because an extensive history of medical anamolies begs to differ.
  • 7 0
 @GPP2117: I'm going to name my new band 'sneeze velocity'
  • 1 2
 That won't work. Olympics is still a business and have to make money on attendance and TV ratings. Japan has invested 1 trillion into the Olympics. 1 trillion.
  • 1 6
flag goldencycle (Feb 25, 2020 at 15:15) (Below Threshold)
 @zaalrottunda: Quarantining is typically in a contained area, like a building. How are you going to quarantine an open-air mountain? Let me know how that one plays out, champ.
  • 4 1
 @goldencycle: you’re still struggling with the science here, bud. See above.
  • 1 0
 @goldencycle: In this case there have been many people infected who are asymptomatic, so quarantine won't work unless you test every single person, which is not feasible and is why the disease will likely spread throughout the world.
  • 2 1
 @goldencycle: the definition- a state, period, or place of isolation in which people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to infectious or contagious disease are placed.

literally nothing in there about it being in a building, because it's the act of segregating sick people from the healthy. So if you make sure that nobody but healthy virus-free participants are allowed access to the race, you are effectively creating a quarantined race.

Sorry that is so hard for you to grasp, champ.
  • 2 0
 Athletes ONLY, no staff or officials. Nino decides to make downcountry an Olympic event, fastest time on Strava wins. I want to see the basketball players calling their own fouls. Ryan Lochte shows up for some reason and takes shots on the starting blocks. Run the 100m forward, then backward, lowest combined time wins. THAT is what I want to watch.
  • 1 1
 @zaalrottunda: lmao you're still struggling with the feasibility of the entire thing. The resources required to make that happen for every location for every sport, when there are things like a road race course that goes for over a hundred miles, a mtb course on a mountain, and everything in between. The feasibility of just quarantining the entire Olympics is simply ridiculous. I mean just conceiving that for a much smaller event like the xgames here in Colorado, would be insane! Also testing every single athlete, coach, staff member, etc, that is not exactly feasible either. That's also assuming that you can have completely clean gear, vehicles, food, etc that comes into the event.

There is a reason that wasn't presented as an option above. It is not feasible. You don't think the Olympic committee, whose one job is to make this event go off correctly, wouldn't have thought of all the options and ruled out the ones that couldn't happen? They just said "oh well, there is a virus so cancel the damn thing, even though Japan and the world have been planning, building, and getting ready for this thing for years"
  • 2 1
 @goldencycle: bruh, you didn't understand what a quarantine is and you thought this virus "traveled for miles". nobody is struggling with concepts here except you lol.
Ya screening everyone would be a huge undertaking considering the dormant nature of the virus, but you're acting like an organization that performs probably the greatest amount of physical testing is incapable checking athletes.
Granted the pandemic might take off exponentially at such a rate that the risk of infection is too high to chance, but you're just spouting off nonsense about the virus traveling for miles and having no idea what a quarantine is as you think it needs to be indoors. lol
  • 2 1
 @goldencycle: btw, where did I say that it could be done for every location and every sport? All I said was how to quarantine a race event. Stop hitting yourself lmao
  • 1 1
 @zaalrottunda: so you agree. It is not feasible then. That was my point. Good. Glad we agree. Now you can stop being a condescending ass.
  • 1 0
 @zaalrottunda: also, it is a myth that virus’s can only travel 3 to 6 feet in the air. They can travel much further, especially in windy climates. Hence the fact that an outdoor and exposed area is unlikely to be considered impervious to a virus. Quarantines are also most effective when they are used to contain something, rather than keep something out. Another reason an outdoor and exposed location is vulnerable.

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070515100204.htm
www.surgicallycleanair.com/how-far-do-airborne-pathogens-travel
  • 1 0
 @goldencycle: I never said it would be easy?? And you were being condescending too so don't play the victim just because you got into an argument with yourself and were taught a few definitions.
  • 4 0
 After first dick they didn't say it again
  • 11 0
 You can only take a dick pound once.
  • 3 0
 Eric Shaun, newscaster in NY. I would wear the name Dick Pound proud and all over town
  • 3 0
 You need to perform far more covid-19 tests than you do now to gain recognition.
  • 3 1
 by this summer the virus will likely have spread WORLDWIDE according to leading epidemiologists and virologists
  • 4 1
 Waaaaaakiii!!!!! The people need you!!!!
  • 3 2
 Yeah where the f*ck is that guy? I can't believe his douche baggery isn't full force on this one.
  • 1 0
 Pretty sad for Japan if it doesn't go ahead, they had put allot of heart into it and it's been a beacon of hope for the nation.
  • 1 0
 Went to school with a Mark Boehner. His dad's name was Richard. Seems like Daddy was passing on Grampa abuse.
  • 1 0
 Isn’t that pronounced Bay-ner though?
  • 1 0
 Martin Wanker - a guy from Austria selling bike parts. Dick Pound wins though.
  • 2 0
 I'm just here for "Dick Pound" comments
  • 1 0
 2nd paragraph starts with "Pound said" but all I keep seeing is "Pound sand"
  • 2 0
 Lmfao. Got to Dick Pound and went straight to the comments. TL;DR
  • 1 0
 Many events will be cancelled this year
  • 3 1
 Thank you China.
  • 2 1
 Somebody tell these people that Japan is not in China.
  • 1 0
 Helmut Wanke. Klepper sailboard shaper.
  • 1 0
 Why doesn't he go by Richard?
  • 1 1
 Not trying to harsh anyone’s melon, but people still care about the Olympics?
  • 1 0
 So does this mean that Enduro racers shouldn't share their water bottles?
  • 1 0
 Richard William Duncan "Dick" Pound Wink
  • 1 1
 who names their kid dick pound?
  • 1 0
 Mean parents or they wanted a boxxer
  • 5 0
 Mike Literous.
  • 1 0
 @Fastfish11: or a porn star
  • 1 0
 Dick Pound = Impressive
  • 7 9
 Looks like China has finally brought revenge for Japan's WW2 invasion.
  • 5 0
 Too soon man, too soon.
  • 1 3
 its a common cold, get over it!
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