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Coronavirus is not going to disturb the schedule of the Tokyo Olympics, hopes Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. He expects the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go ahead smoothly despite fears being expressed over the fate of the Games amid the novel coronavirus threat.

As per schedule, the Olympic Games are to be held in July-August this year. However, a senior IOC member Dick Pound has gone on record saying that the event might have to be cancelled if the deadly coronavirus outbreak is not brought under control by May.

"Virus China mein hai, Tokyo mein Nahi (the virus is in China, not Tokyo)," Rijiju is on record saying in response to questions about the Games on the sidelines of a workshop to sensitize Indian athletes about Japanese etiquette and culture.

The coronavirus, which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has so far claimed over 2,000 lives.  

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