Nations pull out of 2020 Summer Olympics as NASCAR goes virtual

Australia and Canada cited fears about coronavirus as to why they won’t send teams to the Tokyo games, while the I-racing simulation has caught on with 35 current and former NASCAR drivers.
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Much more of that in our next hour. We begin with the sports world and how it stopped in its tracks due to the coronavirus pandemic. The olympics now racing against the clock to mace a decision on whether or not to postpone the summer games. T.J. Holmes is here with that and more on how athletes and fans are getting creative in this unforeseen tomorrow. Good morning. Good morning. Get this. As recent as a couple weeks ago a Tokyo official said we have no plan B. The games are going on as planned. That has been a consistent message from the olympic committee and Tokyo during this entire crisis. The message is maybe we need to rethink this thing as countries pull out and sports fans start to realize that one of their favorite events could be going away. Reporter: Australia and Canada are out, announcing they will not send their athletes to the 2020 summer olympics in Japan, citing fears about coronavirus. This comes as the Japan prime minister admitted his country has no other option but to consider postponing the games. We spoke with American track and field olympian Eric canard who's on board with postponement. I believe the best thing is for the games to be moved to 2022. Reporter: We may be without the olympics this year. Already without the NBA. Without March Madness. Without baseball. That's well hit into left Reporter: What's a sports fan to do? He's going to try to make a move to the inside. Reporter: NASCAR has an idea. What a race. Reporter: Iracing, an advanced simulation of the real thing. It's amazing what iracing has done with the modelling of the cars, the suspension, the aerodynamics, the race track itself. Reporter: 35 current and former NASCAR drivers taking part in the Dixie vodka 150. Iracing 100 laps around a virtual speedway. Oh, we got a spin. Reporter: This race had everything you see in real life, fans, driver cams, even crashes. And the winner is, Hamlin! Reporter: Denny Hamlin was your winner. My simulator actually moves side to side and gives you the motion and the feel. Reporter: Also for sports fans this weekend, the ocho. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to witness the greatest happening in sports. Reporter: Made famous in the movie "Dodge ball." You see that toaster just pressing on the neck of el minion. Got to get your sports somewhere. Back to the olympics here. U.S. Track and U.S. Swimming are now urging the olympics to postpone. Australia and Canada said they won't participate if there's a postponement. Precedent, yes, the summer games have been cancelled three times in history, all for a war, and get this, stra, all those times the city that lost out was Hard to see how they can still go ahead with the olympics at this point. Thank you, T.J. We're going to bring in Sean

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