WA – Coe urges athletics to “think outside the box” if Tokyo 2020 is cancelled

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World Athletics President Sebastian Coe has said the sport will need to “think outside the box” in the case of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo being cancelled.

Coe discussed Tokyo 2020 on BBC Radio 4 and said he was hopeful the event could still take place during the ongoing global health crisis. 

The Games were postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and have been rescheduled for July 23 to August 8.

“I really hope we are in a position to deliver the Tokyo Games,” Coe said.

“We also may have to think slightly out of the box about how we might have to create other types of events if – I hope not – but if we have a very badly disrupted season generally.”

Coronavirus countermeasures, such as a possible reduction in the number of spectators at events, are viewed as key to the Games taking place next year following their postponement.

Coe, who chaired the Organising Committee for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics, added the idea of holding Tokyo 2020 without spectators did not fill him with “unalloyed joy”.

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Source: Inside the games

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