International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Friday that his institution was "totally determined" to hold the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games despite the spread of the coronavirus epidemic around the world. However, the IOC will defer to WHO. "The priority of the moment is to ensure that the qualification processes (for the Olympics-2020, note) take place, while ensuring that the protection of the health of athletes is ensured," added the boss of the Olympic movement. . This is what we are doing in cooperation with the Japanese authorities, the World Health Organization, the Chinese Olympic Committee and other national Olympic committees. ” Another prominent IOC member, Canadian Dick Pound, told AFP earlier that the IOC would not consider postponing or canceling the Tokyo 2020 Olympics until he was invited to do it by WHO. "The IOC and the organizers of Tokyo will not cancel, postpone, or do anything about the Games, unless there are very serious and specific warnings or regulations from WHO or competent authorities. "
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