CoronaVirus Alert in Sports World
FIDE to Cancel February Congress?
The IOC has already discussed with the WHO (World Health Organization) the possibility to cancel the Tokyo Summer Olympics (July24 to August 9) should the coronavirus begin to show signs of getting out of control. Further, today the Japanese prime minister has himself got involved.
SportAccord , slated to hold its annual conference in Beijing in April of this year, is carefully monitoring the situation. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and share any developments regarding SportAccord 2020. Please rest assured SportAccord will continue to do what is in the best interests and safety of all our delegates.”
“The 2020 IAAF World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing have been postponed because of fears over the spread of the coronavirus in China and Japan.
The championships that were scheduled for March this year, have been postponed to next year, March 2021. The World Athletics made the announcement in a press statement recently:
“It is with regret that we have agreed with the organisers of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing (13-15 March 2020) to postpone the event to March 2021.”
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Why is FIDE slow to Act?
FIDE has not even issued a ‘we are carefully monitoring the situation’ press release with just 3 weeks to go before the Extraordinary FIDE Congress is held in Abu Dhabi. Instead, complete silence from the new Dvorkovich leadership, and absolutely nothing on the offical FIDE website.
It is difficult to imagine that the possibility of cancelling the Congress has not been discussed internally, but with the inexperienced group that Dvorkovich has hand picked to lead FIDE — almost entirely comprised of previously unemployable chess players — it is very likely that FIDE does not know what to do, and so has decided to do NOTHING.
Which, of course, is the worse thing to do. Being aware of the potential dangers posed by coronavirus, and making everyone who plans to attend the FIDE Congress to be aware, is the proper thing to do.
But FIDE’s posture (so far) reminds me of the narrative on the great scare film Jaws from 1975 when the mayor refused to believe that anything bad could happen:
I will keep the readers up to date as things develop, including any new WHO or IOC warnings.
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