IOC President rejects to postpone Tokyo Olympics

IOC President rejects to postpone Tokyo Olympics

The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, assured this Thursday (21) that the Tokyo Olympic Games will be held in July 2021: "There is no plan B".

Even with the Japanese opposing the Games in the face of escalating cases of infections and deaths by Covid-19 in Japan and other countries in the world, IOC President Thomas Bach assured that the Olympic Games will not be postponed, as SputnikNews Brasil has just announced.

"We have, at the moment, no reason to believe that the Tokyo Olympic Games will not start on July 23 at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. That is, because there is no plan B and because we are fully committed to making these Games safe and successful, "said Thomas Bach, in an interview with the Japanese agency Kyodo News.

It should be recalled that the IOC president had already stated that vaccination will not be mandatory for athletes to participate in competitions. And there is still no definition about the public presence at the Games.
In the same interview, Bach said that the months of March and April will be final for making the decision regarding the presence of spectators in the stadiums.
According to the IOC vice president, Dick Pound, in news also published by SputnikNews, the event can happen without the presence of an audience.

"The question is, is this 'mandatory to have' or is it 'good to have'?
It’s good to have viewers, but it’s not mandatory, ”Pound, also told Kyodo News.

In addition, the IOC vice president said the torch relay, scheduled to start in March, could be shortened or canceled due to the global health crisis.

However, Thomas Bach said the schedule for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, remains unchanged.


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