March 16, 2020 / 6:39 PM / 4 months ago

REFILE-EXCLUSIVE-Olympics-Coronavirus peak must be past by end-May for Tokyo Games to happen on time - French Olympic Committee chief

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PARIS, March 16 (Reuters) - French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) president Denis Masseglia said on Monday that the coronavirus pandemic needed to be beyond its peak by the end of May for the Tokyo Olympics to go according to schedule.

"My feeling is that if we're still in the crisis by the end of May I can't see how the Games can happen (on time)," Masseglia told Reuters.

"If we are beyond the peak and the situation is getting better questions will rise about who qualifies, but we will find the least worst solution."

Masseglia added that the International Olympic Committee would hold a conference call with the National Olympic Committees on Wednesday.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24-Aug 9 with the Paralympic Games due to be held from Aug 25-Sept 6. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama ;)

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