‘Host City Contract’ Gives IOC Much Leeway To Cancel Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Olympic minister has suggested in Parliament that the Tokyo Games could potentially be pushed back a few months from its July 24 opening.
The games are under threat from a virus outbreak that started in China and has spread to at least 70 countries. But the so-called "Home City Contract" signed by the International Olympic Committee and Japanese officials gives the IOC wide latitude in terminating the Olympics.
The IOC can call off the games because of a state of war or civil disorder or boycotts. It also can terminate if it has "reasonable grounds to believe that the safety of participants in the games would be seriously threatened or jeopardized for any reason whatsoever."