Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that the Olympics may be cancelled all together this year if the threat of the coronavirus gets too dangerous.
Pound has been a member of the IOC since 1978. He is the longest-serving member of the committee.
According to AP News, Pound believes there are about two or three months left to assess the health risks involved and decide the fate of the Olympics.
He also dismissed the idea of postponing the event or moving it to another city because of its complexity.
There are so many cogwheels involved with something as big as the Olympics. Postponing will make it clash with the schedules of American pro football, basketball, baseball, European football and many more.
TV broadcasters around the world would be in a bind and the Olympics would not get full coverage. This would harm the essence of the Olympics.
Pound also believes shifting it to another city is not an option as there are few cities in the world which can pull off an event of this size in a very short notice.
The modern Olympics has been cancelled only once in its history of 124 years.
Coincidentally, it was the Tokyo 1940 Olympics which got cancelled due to World War II.