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2020 Olympics officials 'extremely worried' coronavirus outbreak may hamper games

02/07/2020| 3:22:16 PM|

A string of Olympics qualifying events has been rescheduled.

Organizers of the 2020 Olympic Games are "extremely worried" the ongoing coronavirus outbreak could "pour cold water" on the upcoming games, which take place in Tokyo this July.

Several qualifying events have already been disrupted but Japan's prime minister has said there are no plans to reschedule the global sporting event. There has been no discussion of potentially canceling the games because of the coronavirus, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games confirmed to Newsweek.

The deadly virus, which was first identified in Wuhan city in the Hubei province of China, has taken the lives of 492 people. There are nearly 25,000 confirmed cases in China, and 191 across 24 countries beyond China, according to the latest report from the World Health Organization. The body has officially declared the virus a global public health emergency.

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