A member of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee’s executive board said that the games could likely be postponed one to two years if needed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“I don’t think the Games could be canceled; it’d be a delay. The International Olympic Committee would be in trouble if there’s a cancellation. American TV rights alone provide them with a huge amount,” Haruyuki Takahashi,one of the executive board’s 25 members, told The Wall Street Journal.
“We’ll have to start talking about this seriously from April,” Takahashi added.
Takahashi said that a postponement would still have serious financial implications, as well as cause challenges with the international sporting schedule, keeping in mind the 2022 Winter Olympics.