As messages go, "There is no plan B" does not instil confidence in organisers of an event.
But that is the message from everyone involved with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which are less than five months away (July 24-August 9).
With the coronavirus looming large, the word from the top is that everything is fine. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dismissed cancelling or postponing the Olympics, as have those beneath him.
Tokyo 2020 chief executive Yoshiro Mori said any such suggestions were "irresponsible rumours" earlier this month, while Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike blasted London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, who suggested last week that the 2012 hosts could step in if needed.
The International Olympic Committee has backed this up: there is nothing to see here.
But Japan is in the grip of an outbreak of its own, with health minister Katsunobu Kato telling people to avoid crowds and unnecessary gatherings. Meanwhile, authorities have been criticised for their handling of the situation, especially with regard to the Diamond Princess cruise liner docked in Yokohama.
There has to come a point where there is a plan B.
Former IOC vice-president Dick Pound agrees. He told Associated Press there are three months left to decide the fate of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
"You could certainly go to two months out if you had to," the longest-serving IOC member said, suggesting that if the decision in late May was that it was not safe then "you're probably looking at a cancellation".
That would be remarkable. The Olympics have only been cancelled because of war - the 1916 Games in Berlin, Tokyo in 1940 and London in 1944.
Pound put the virus into perspective, saying: "This is the new war and you have to face it."
His view is for organisers to wait until May and ask "Is this under sufficient control that we can be confident about going to Tokyo, or not?"
This is a reasonable outlook but Pound has not tied his legacy or tens of billions of dollars to these Olympics, unlike Japan's politicians.
It would be no bad thing for them to acknowledge that the coronavirus could lead to the end of the Games as planned.
It would break with their current message but at least it would make it clear what the priorities are in Japan and that the fight against the outbreak is more important than an Olympics at all costs.
The question now is what exactly it would take for organisers to admit they would contemplate a change to the schedule.
If the Tokyo Marathon on March 1 has been closed to amateur runners - bringing the numbers down from around 30,000 to 200 - and the J.League, which kicked off last week to fans in face masks, has called off football until March 15, then why is the Olympics sure to go off as planned?
It can't. Make no mistake, this Olympics has already been affected by the coronavirus.
Volunteer training, for example, has already been postponed from last weekend to May. There are larger potential impacts.
The qualifying campaigns for most sports in Asia have been moved and rescheduled. The Chinese women's football team sum it all up in a photo of them training for their games in quarantine in the corridor of their Australian hotel.
That they were without their best player, former PSG midfielder Wang Shuang, was another telling moment. Wang is back home in Wuhan and, like many other Olympic hopefuls in China, she is continuing to train in the lockdown, posting videos of her doing so in a mask.
She is not the only one to find training affected. Several of the Chinese teams have been sent to train overseas, while star swimmer Sun Yang is training in his hometown rather than in Beijing where he is normally based.
Another potential issue is that China has stopped doping testing while the country battles the epidemic. There is no suggestion of anything untoward, but it is a potential future headache for the IOC.
They have reason to expect more headaches. Events in Europe are now finding themselves postponed or played behind closed doors because of outbreaks there. There is surely more to come based on the spread of cases around the world and qualification for many Olympic sports running well into June.
Even if everything is fine by late May, how many athletes will choose to stay away anyway? The threat of the Zika virus kept many stars at home instead of in Rio four years ago. What of the fans travelling to a country that has already been hit hard by the drop of tourist numbers?
Will this be the first Olympics behind closed doors or with fans, media and even athletes in face masks?
These may all be 'what ifs' but someone should at least admit they are considering them. That is not a sign of failure but failing to plan will be.
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