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Will Coronavirus Cancel the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? Holy Cross Sports Economist Weighs In

Yahoo! Sports
March 6th, 2020 by 

Victor Matheson, professor of economics . Photo by Austin Bosworth
Victor Matheson, professor of economics . Photo by Austin Bosworth

The potential threat of the novel coronavirus has been raising questions for sports event organizers worldwide, and particularly for those on the International Olympic Committee. Will the 2020 Tokyo Olympics be able to go on as planned?

Victor Matheson, professor of economics at Holy Cross and a leading expert in sports economics, was asked to weigh in by Yahoo! Sports. His prediction? The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will still go on, just maybe not this year.

“I cannot imagine the IOC not postponing it to 2021. There is no excuse just to throw in the towel completely,” said Matheson. A postponement would be problematic, he assures. “But at least you get the Games in.”

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