Tokyo Olympics in question if coronavirus outbreak worsens

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(FOX News) – The Tokyo Olympics opens in five months on July 24 but the fast-spreading coronavirus is making organizers very anxious, according to a report from Fox Business News.

Local organizers and the Switzerland-based International Olympics Committee have said repeatedly the games will not be canceled or postponed.

However, a Fox News affiliate quotes a senior member of the International Olympic Committee as saying yesterday that if it proves too dangerous to hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers are more likely to cancel it altogether than to postpone or move it.

According to the report organizers have a two or three month window before they have to decide. A final decision on the fate of the Olympics could be put off until late May.

Since the modern Olympics began in 1896, they have only been canceled during wartime. And in 1980 and 1984 they faced boycotts.