Arrangements for the Tokyo Olympics are “the same old thing” notwithstanding the flare-up of coronavirus, as indicated by International Olympic Committee part Dick Pound.

Various games in China have been dropped, with football in Italy additionally influenced.

Addressing Associated Press, Pound advised competitors to “keep focussed on your game”.

“To the extent we as a whole know, you will be in Tokyo,” he said.

The episode in China has just prompted the abrogation of April’s Chinese Grand Prix, and cases in Italy prompted the deferment of four Serie A games a weekend ago and the choice to play five away from public scrutiny this end of the week.

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Bury Milan’s Europa League last-32 home match against Ludogorets will be played away from public scrutiny on Thursday, while coordinators of the Six Nations are “checking intently” the coronavirus circumstance, with Italy set to have England and Ireland in the coming weeks.

Japan’s J-League has deferred all household football matches until the center of March, while the Tokyo Marathon on 1 March will presently be for tip top competitors just as opposed to being a mass support occasion.

With the Olympics because of start on 24 July, Pound said any choice on whether the Games will proceed shouldn’t be taken until late May.

“You could absolutely go to two months out in the event that you had to,” the 77-year-old Canadian said. “A great deal of things need to begin occurring. You must beginning sloping up your security, your nourishment, the Olympic Village, the inns, the media people will be in there building their studios.

“This is the new war and you need to confront it. In and around that time, I’d state people will need to ask: ‘Is this under adequate control that we can be certain about going to Tokyo, or not?'”

Pound clarified that the IOC will be driven by choices taken by the World Health Organization (WHO) and individual national governments.

“We’re really acceptable at managing sport issues, however a pandemic is past our compensation grade,” he revealed to BBC Radio 5 live.

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