Will wait and watch for a month before any decision: IOA after Canada pulls out of Olympics

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Published: March 23, 2020 11:23:27 AM

IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, while talking to PTI, said the body is closely monitoring the fast-evolving situation triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 14,000 and infected over 300,000.

"The situation is not that bad in our country as compared to other nations," he added.“The situation is not that bad in our country as compared to other nations,” he added. (Reuters file image)

The Indian Olympic Association on Monday said it will “wait and watch” for at least a month before taking any call on the country’s Olympic participation after Canada created a flutter by becoming the first nation to pull out of the showpiece if it is held this year.

IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, while talking to PTI, said the body is closely monitoring the fast-evolving situation triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 14,000 and infected over 300,000.

“We will wait and watch for 4 to 5 weeks and then come to any decision after consultation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the sports ministry,” Mehta said.

“The situation is not that bad in our country as compared to other nations,” he added.

The July-August Olympics are looking increasingly uncertain of going ahead as scheduled and the IOC had admitted that it would consider all options, including postponement, in four weeks from now.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in India has crossed 350, including seven deaths so far.

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