The International Olympic Committee will follow the World Health Organisationâ€™s recommendation on whether to cancel or postpone this yearâ€™s Tokyo Olympics over the coronavirus pandemic, IOC chief Thomas Bach said Thursday.
In an interview with German television ARD, Bach said his organisation has been in regular contact with WHO experts since mid-February over the issue.
â€œWe will follow the advice of the WHO,â€ he said, adding that the IOC was now still working towards preparing for a â€œsuccessfulâ€ Games.
With cancellations of Olympic qualifiers piling up as countries unroll drastic measures to halt the contagion, Bach acknowledged that there are â€œserious problems with qualification competitionsâ€.
â€œHere we will have to react very flexibly,â€ he said, adding that this could be through postponing competitions or changing qualification criteria.
What is key, he said, is that athletes, particularly those from countries hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, must be offered â€œfair qualification under these very difficult conditionsâ€.
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