Too early to say whether virus threatens Olympics, WHO says
GENEVA (AP) — A top World Health Organization official says it’s too soon to say whether the Tokyo Olympics are at risk of being cancelled or moved because of the virus outbreak spreading from China. Tokyo organizers and the IOC have repeatedly said they have no contingency plans for the Summer Games set to be held between July 24-Aug. 9. The WHO’s emergencies program director tells The Associated Press it’s “way too far” away to consider giving advice that would affect Tokyo’s hosting of the Olympics. Michael Ryan says the WHO gives data but not judgments to Olympic officials and helps “with their risk assessment.” The outbreak has caused sports events in China to be cancelled, postponed, or moved.