The Tokyo Olympics will be held “with or without” the Covid, says the IOC

Will the Tokyo Olympics, postponed to 2021, go well next year? John Coates, the Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is convinced of this. In a telephone interview with AFP, the president of the IOC’s coordination committee for the 2020 Olympics, affirms that the Tokyo Games will take place ” with or without “ coronavirus and “Will start on July 23 of next year”.

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The theme of these Olympics will be “Reconstruction after the devastation caused by the tsunami”says John Coates, referring to the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan in 2011. The Games have so far only been canceled in times of war.

“A gigantic task”

These Games were originally scheduled to be inaugurated on July 24, but organizers made the historic decision in March to postpone them until the summer of 2021, as the Covid-19 pandemic progressed around the world. The Japanese authorities, like the IOC, have made it clear that they do not want them to be postponed a second time.

Japan’s borders currently remain largely closed to visitors, and many experts doubt the pandemic will be under control by next summer. According to several recent polls, a clear majority of Japanese want a further postponement of the Olympics, or their cancellation, because of the coronavirus.

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John Coates assures us that the Japanese government “Did not give up at all”, as a result of this postponement, despite the“Immense task” that this represents. “Before the Covid, [le président du CIO] Thomas Bach said it was the best prepared Games we have ever seen, the venues were almost all finished, they are now finished, the village is amazing, […] everything is fine “, he emphasizes.

“They were postponed for a year, which represents a gigantic task in terms of securing all the sites. “

Different possible scenarios

He explained in particular that it was necessary to renegotiate the contracts concluded with the partners and the hotels while the commitments of the sponsors had to be extended by one year as well as the broadcasting rights. “A large part of these tasks being in progress, or already accomplished, a working group has been set up to examine the different possible scenarios for 2021.”

In particular, it will have to examine how border controls will affect the movement of athletes and officials. “In some countries, the situation [liée au coronavirus] will be under control, in others not. We will therefore have athletes coming from places where it is under control and others where it is not ”, according to him.

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The question of the number of spectators allowed to attend the Olympic events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies is also being studied.

This group, made up of Japanese officials and IOC members, met for the first time last week. “Their task now is to consider any countermeasures that will be necessary for the Games to take place. “ He recalled that 206 teams are engaged:

“So there is a huge task that is being done on the Japanese side. “

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