The World Health Organization has officially recognized the COVID 19 outbreak as a global pandemic, which means that organizers would have to make a huge decision whether to go ahead with the major sporting events that would be held during the Tokyo Olympics. So far there have been records of over 500,000 cases of the coronavirus in over 100 countries. And as of March 12th, there was a record of 4,600 death recorded. This was made a huge disaster for a global sporting event that was scheduled to hold around the end of July 2020.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), information has been passed across that the method by which the virus can be prevented is through social distancing and using a hand sanitizer. As of late February, CDC gave a Level 2 travel notice to all passengers who would be traveling to places like Japan, encouraging them to take proper precautions. The Country also went ahead to make sure every preparation needed to host the Olympics was made available. The Countries best approach towards handling containing the virus is by closing down schools, banning certain public transportation. This method has proven to work effectively because it has prevented the spread of diseases from rising significantly.
Canceling and Postponing some events
Due to the outbreak of the virus, some events for the events of the Olympics have either been canceled or postponed. Take, for example, the world Taekwondo has moved its events from the city of Wuxi in China to Amman in Jordan. The European qualification tournament was later moved to Moscow, due to the highly infected son in Milan, Italy. The cancellations of events have affected some tournaments, which affected various rankings of athletes, which would decide which athletes are qualified to move on to the next round.
Also as a result of canceling some events and restricting travels, there would be fewer anti-doping tests for athletes because the Olympics testers would be restricted from traveling. If in the long run, the Olympics games turn out to work out, then there might be several outcomes that could happen. One of the major outcomes would be that athletes would be allowed to compete but without any spectators, the reason is that it would reduce the chances of a crowd transmitting the disease to thousands of others in the audience. This event has happened in some football tournament, a half tournament, it was about to happen during an NBA season until the committee decided to opt-out and suspend the season.
Treat it like a FLU
Another option is to treat the coronavirus like the regular flu and decide to do nothing out of the ordinary. Take, for example, the Super Bowl has never had any reason to cancel any of their matches during the flu season.
It is best to avoid a disaster, that is why postponing the Olympics is the best option, which would give time to prepare, the only side effect it would have is would disrupt a lot of things like a TV broadcast, hotels, sponsors, etc.