Norwegian Olympic Committee (NOC) said on Saturday they had asked the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games
in Tokyo until the new coronavirus pandemic was under control.
In a letter sent to the IOC on Friday, the Norwegian sports body said
it was "concerned about the Covid-19 pandemic and the public health
situation both nationally and internationally."
"Our clear recommendation is that the Olympic Games in Tokyo shall
not take place before the Covid-19 situation is under firm control on a
global scale," the letter continued.
The NOC also pointed out that one of the measures undertaken in order
to curb the spread of the virus in Norway was a ban on organised sports
activities, which had created "a very challenging time for the sports
movement in Norway".
Speaking to AFP, communications advisor to the NOC Sofie Olsen said:
"We want to emphasise that the IOC make a decision sooner than later so
that everyone can have a fair chance of preparing."
As of Friday, 258 930 cases of the new coronavirus had been confirmed with 11 129 deaths, across 163 countries and territories.
The Olympics are increasingly in doubt as the pandemic, which emerged
in China last year but has now spread around the world, shows no sign
of slowing down.
American swim federation USA Swimming asked for the games to be
postponed on Friday and was joined by its French counterpart on
However, IOC President Thomas Bach insisted this week it was
"premature" to consider postponing the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled
to start on 24 July.