General training for Olympic volunteers has been momentarily halted due to coronavirus

Published: Feb. 27, 2020 at 6:40 PM CST
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The Olympics welcomes thousands of athletes, along with a similar number of volunteers.

More than 200,000 people applied to be a volunteer for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, but only 80,000 of them were accepted.

Now, with coronavirus spreading throughout Asia, organizers have momentarily halted general training sessions for volunteers in an effort to "prevent the spread of infection."

Many potential volunteers are hesitant to book their flights and find housing, fearing that the coronavirus will be prevalent in Tokyo.

People felt similarly in 2016 when the Zika virus was infecting people in Brazil during the Rio Olympics.

Although there aren't plans to cancel or delay the games yet, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee says if the coronavirus continues to spread, organizers are more likely to cancel the event instead of postponing or moving it.

The IOC also says the fate of the Tokyo Olympics could be decided in late May.