If Olympic Games in Tokyo not held in 2021, they may be canceled, - IOC

Source : 112 Ukraine

Due to the annual delay, the sports federations all over the world are forced to hold reschedules and it is quite difficult
19:25, 21 May 2020

If Olympic Games Tokyo are not held in 2021 they will be canceled as BBC reported citing International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.

“You cannot forever employ 3,000 to 5,000 people in an organising committee. You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty,” Bach said.

According to him, the Olympic Committee did not have a plan for such situations that is why the organizers should come unscrewed daily.

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During the adoption of the decision on holding the games, the IOC intends to rely on the recommendations of the World Health Organization. Bach is sure that it is necessary to ‘organise these Games in a safe environment for all the participants’.

“So we have to rely on [experts] and then take the appropriate decision at the appropriate time based on this advice,” he said.

Moreover, due to the delay annually, the sports federations all over the world are forced to hold reschedules and it is quite difficult.

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The IOC president suggests that the imposing of lockdown for athletes or some of the athletes or for other participants might be demanded.

"What could this mean for the life in an Olympic Village and so on? All these different scenarios are under consideration and this is why I'm saying it's a mammoth task, because there are so many different options that it's not easy to address them [now]. When we have a clear view on how the world will look on 23 July, 2021, then [we will] take the appropriate decisions,” Bach explained.

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However, Bach stated that the Olympic Committee does not want to hold the Olympic Games ‘behind closed doors’.

"Because the Olympic spirit is about also uniting the fans and this is what makes the Games so unique,” he said.

It is unclear when the final decision on the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be made as the consultations with the athletes and the WHO continue.

Earlier, the Olympic Committee stated that the 2020 Olympic Games will be postponed because of coronavirus.

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