Doubts over holding Tokyo Games as scheduled

Some current and former Olympic athletes are skeptical about the position of the International Olympic Committee which suggests that preparations will continue to hold the 2020 Tokyo Games as scheduled.

IOC board members held an emergency meeting via telephone on Tuesday. They issued a statement saying "with four months to go before the Games, there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage."

But, IOC member and former Olympian of the Canadian women's ice hockey team Hayley Wickenheiser tweeted that this crisis is bigger than even the Olympics.

Wickenheiser said "the IOC insisting this will move ahead, with such conviction, is insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity."

She added no one knows at this point whether the Olympics should be canceled, but that "to say for certain they will go ahead is an injustice to the athletes training and global population at large."

Ekaterini Stefanidi, a Greek gold medalist of women's pole vault in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, also expressed her skepticism. Stefanidi tweeted "the IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family's health and public health to train every day? You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in four months."

The global spread of new coronavirus infections have forced qualification events to be canceled or postponed.