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Wimbledon may follow Olympics with cancellation

WIMBLEDON organisers admitted last night this year’s tournament may be cancelled, with a decision to be made following an emergency meeting next week.

Wimbledon, set to start on June 29, is one of the last major summer events still to decide its fate — even the Tokyo Olympic Games has been postponed until 2021 — with pressure growing on the All England Club to make a decision.

A statement last night read: ‘The AELTC can confirm it is continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for The Championships 2020, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.’

Chief executive Richard Lewis said: ‘The single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make.

‘We are working hard to bring certainty to our plans for 2020 and have convened an emergency meeting of the main board for next week, at which a decision will be made.’

Organisers have ruled out playing the tournament behind closed doors.

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