- Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games could be postponed because of coronavirus
- The outbreak of the deadly disease has taken so many lives while others are in isolation
- Meanwhile, the summer events could now be staged later in the year according to LOC
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games risks being postponed until the end of 2020 owing to the outbreak of deadly coronavirus this year.
The once-in-four-years events have been scheduled to hold in Japan and Tokyo from July 24 to August 9.
According to Daily Mail, the decision would be geared at stopping the further spread of the disease beyond the places it has already been discovered.
The publication reports that Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto was said to have informed the lawmakers that Japan's agreement with the IOC gives allows them to stall the games from taking place.
"The contract calls for the Games to be held within 2020. That could be interpreted as allowing a postponement," Hashimoto said while answering questions in parliament.
"We are doing all we can to ensure that the Games go ahead as planned," Hashimoto told parliament.
The organisers are planning to go ahead with the events - claiming that decisions to postpone it would be Any halt to the Games would be costly.
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Over 1 trillion yen was budgeted for the events with the Japanese government coughing out about 120 billion yen to build the Olympic Stadium and 30 billion yen toward the cost of the 2020 Paralympics, Hashimoto said.
Meanwhile, the Guardian and India Today also have reports of the plans to move the events to the latter part of the year.
Legit.ng earlier reported that An Italian-Nigerian professional footballer named King Paul Akpan Udoh has reportedly emerged as the first footballer to be diagnosed with the deadly corona-virus.
The entire world has been thrown into a serious panic since the outbreak of the deadly disease which emanated from China in which hundreds are currently battling for survival.
Until he was said to have been confirmed a carrier of the disease, King Paul Akpan was playing in the Italian third division side with Pianese.
King Paul Udoh, 22, was reported to have been diagnosed with deadly corona-virus on Thursday, February 27, and he has been quarantined according to various reports.
He started his professional career at Reggiana before moving to Juventus youth team in the year 2011.
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