The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, declared on Monday November 16 “ very confident As to the attendance of spectators at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, scheduled for next summer after being postponed for a year due to the coronavirus.
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The upsurge in infections across the world and the renewal of containment measures in some countries have revived doubts about the possibility of organizing the Games if the pandemic is not brought under control in the first half of 2021.
” Toolbox “
After an interview in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Thomas Bach praised the measures to combat the coronavirus currently being prepared by the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and the Japanese government.
“We are in the process of putting together a huge toolbox in which we will put all the measures we can imagine”, said the IOC boss. Next year, “We will be able to take (the) good tools out of this box and use them to guarantee a safe environment for all participants in the Games”, he added. “It makes us very, very confident that we will be able to have spectators in the Olympic stadiums next year. “
Thomas Bach, who is on a two-day visit to Tokyo, also pledged that the IOC “Make great efforts” to ensure that as many participants and spectators as possible are vaccinated before they arrive in Japan, if a vaccine is available by July 2021
Decisions next spring
According to polls, a majority of Japanese believe that the Games should still be postponed or simply canceled. And more than 60% of domestic sponsors have yet to pledge to extend their contracts for another year, local media reported this weekend.
Decisions on the number of spectators at the Olympics next year or on the rules for the public will be taken in the spring, said on October 12 Toshiro Muto, general manager of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. He specified that the rules quarantine could be lifted for foreign spectators. The Japanese Prime Minister wanted to be optimistic Monday, reaffirming that the next Games would serve as ” proof that humanity has conquered the virus “.