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Should the Olympics Committee call off Tokyo 2020 Games?

Should the Olympics Committee call off Tokyo 2020 Games?

York U expert available to comment on disaster & emergency management implications

TORONTO, Monday, March 23, 2020 – The International Olympics Committee (IOC) executive board announced yesterday it will step up its scenario-planning for the Tokyo 2020 Games. This includes changing the start date of the Games, currently scheduled to begin on July 24, based on the best interest of the athletes and everyone else involved.

“Reducing the threat of COVID-19 related harm should be at the forefront of any decision-making right now,” said York University Professor Jack Rozdilsky, citing emergency management principles.

“The Canadian team acted along the lines of the precautionary principle. This is clearly in consideration of both the risks of participating in the Games and to engage in preventative measures to eliminate or reduce the risk,” said Rozdilsky, a professor in York’s Disaster & Emergency Management program, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

Rozdilsky is available to comment on:

  • Public health crises and emergency management
  • Costs and benefits of holding the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
  • Team Canada’s decision to withdraw from participation

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