Picture used for illustration. File
Beijing 2022 organisers were "pressing ahead" with preparations for the Winter Olympics Friday after a senior IOC official warned the coronavirus could force the Games to be postponed.
Dick Pound, a former International Olympic Committee vice-president, told AFP that all options would have to be considered if the Beijing Games cannot be held in 2022.
Beijing is due to host the Winter Olympics just six months after the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, which have been put back a year to July-August 2021 because of the coronavirus.
However, with the pandemic showing no signs of receding, Japanese and IOC officials have both raised fears that the Tokyo Olympics may have to be cancelled altogether.
"To get to that point, where you decide you can't do it (Beijing) in 2022, you explore whatever options you can do," Pound said in an interview.
"If we're in Tokyo, things all may be ready for Beijing. On the other hand, they may not be," he added.
Spinners are being taught new methods to shine ball, says Mushtaq
Real Madrid clinch La Liga title after Benzem'a double sees off Villarreal
COVID-19: Jofra Archer out of England squad for 2nd Test over isolation breach
In a statement to AFP, Beijing 2022 said the IOC is ploughing on with both Games as planned, despite the coronavirus still claiming lives in much of the world.
"As far as we know, the position of the IOC is very clear and remains unchanged," Beijing organisers said.
"They are fully concentrated and committed to the successful delivery" of both the Tokyo and Beijing Games, they added.
China, where the coronavirus emerged late last year before spreading worldwide, has largely brought the contagion under control despite periodic localised new clusters.
However, Chinese authorities have ruled out hosting most international sports events this year -- with the exception of 2022 trials -- as part of measures to prevent a resurgence.
"At present, Beijing 2022 is implementing strict prevention and control measures against COVID-19, while pressing ahead with the Games preparations in an orderly manner," organisers added.
"All competition venues are expected to finish construction as scheduled by the end of this year.
"It is our firm belief that we will remain committed to safeguarding the health and safety of the athletes, every participant involved in the Olympic Games and the international community."
Australia has decided to join the United States’ diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in February as a protest against China’s human rights violations
There’s nothing like a countdown to get the heart racing. As a Paralympian, I spent two decades of my life racing the clock, plunging into pools in the small hours to shave seconds off my time, willing my muscles
Roger Federer says he will soon decide if he will play at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Federer says his schedule is set through Wimbledon, which ends July 12. The Olympic tournament starts July 25 and ends a few days before his 39th birthday.
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) affirmed that the country is experiencing the beginning of the transitional period between the winter and summer seasons, which is called the spring equinox, and characterised by different changes in atmospheric pressure systems and their varied speed, resulting in rapid changes in weather conditions.
Emirati athletes claimed four medals, including a gold, two silvers, and one bronze, as the thrilling Fencing Championship came to a close at the 10th NAS Sports Tournament in Dubai on Wednesday.
The Sharjah Jiu-Jitsu Cup will be held under the auspices of the Sharjah Sports Council and in cooperation with the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, Palms Sports and Team Nogueira Club.
Hania Reggi, general manager of Tennis & Country Club Fujairah, thanked Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamad Bin Saif Al Sharqi for sponsoring the swimming championship.
Mumbai Indians, armed with big-money signing Cameron Green, will bid for a record-extending sixth title when the Indian Premier League (IPL) starts on Friday, in what could be Chennai veteran MS Dhoni’s swansong. The 16th edition also returns to its pre-Covid glory days, with 74 matches scheduled at 12 venues over eight