The haunting possibility of the Tokyo Olympics being postponed is gaining traction.
The head of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has indicated that it would consider the possibility of postponing the games as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also weighed in, saying postponement may have to be considered if it is difficult to hold the Games in a complete form.
The prime minister said he will have further discussions with the IOC and believes the leaders of the Group of 7 nations, including US President Donald Trump, will support his decision.
Abe added that the IOC will make a final decision on the issue and that they share the opinion that cancellation is not an option
Among all that, Japan’s deputy prime minister Taro Aso says Tokyo 2020 has been hit by a ‘Olympic curse’, which strikes “every 40 years”
“It’s a problem that’s happened every 40 years – it’s the cursed Olympics, and that’s a fact,” Aso said
In 1980, countries such as the United States, China and Japan themselves boycotted the Olympics that were being held in the Soviet Union following the invasion of Afghanistan
And 40 years before that, the Summer Games, due to be held in Helsinki, Finland, were canned due to the outbreak of World War II.
Aso’s views should be taken with a pinch of salt though. He has expressed somewhat suspect views in the past, with the deputy prime minister last year blaming women for Japan’s falling population. He later issued an apology for the comments.
The 2020 Summer Olympics is due to start on July 24.