Olympics 2020 Likely To Be Called Off Due To Novel Coronavirus

The much awaited biggest sports event on the planet, Olympic Games 2020 is likely to be cancelled due to continous spreading of Coronavirus all over the globe.

Olympics 2020 event is scheduled to happen between July 22, 2020 and August 09, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. This year more than ten thousands of athletes are expected to take part in the upcoming event. But with more than 2900 casualties all over the globe from coronavirus, majority of deaths being in China, the event might not happen this year.

The event can be delayed but in nations like the United States, the future calendar is full with the later upcoming events like football, baseball, soccer and other sports, it would not feasible to postpone it.  Paralympics are also scheduled to start from August 25, 2020 just two weeks after Olympics.
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The effect of the virus is already being felt in Japan, which has witnessed more than 900 cases of coronavirus with 11 death casualties till now. The World Health Organization(WHO) and the International Olympic Committee are  continously monitoring the situation and will take the decision accordingly.

According to Executive Director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, Dr. Michael Ryan, "No decision has or will be taken in the near term regarding the future of the Olympics."

Earlier Olympics games were cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 during the World Wars. Considering the public health, the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro was threatened due to Zika Virus and the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada beacuse of Swine flu.

Currently more than 50 countries are affected by the Coronavirus outbreak that includes China, Japan, the United states, Italy, Mexico,  Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Australia and many more. In India, five positive cases has been recorded for coronavirus, according to the Indian Health Ministry.

Ministry of Health has also given information on basic measures to prevent the citizens from getting affected by coronavirus.

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