Thomas Bach says he and the Japanese prime minister are « totally in agreement » in their determination to make Tokyo 2021 successful
Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said he is « very, very confident » of spectators’ ability to attend the Tokyo Olympics next year, describing the postponed games as « the light at the end » of the tunnel..
Bach, who is visiting Japan for the first time since he agreed with then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in March to postpone Tokyo 2020 for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, told reporters that he and Abe’s successor, Yoshihide. Suga, was « totally aligned » in her determination to make the event a success.
Bach, whose fists collided with Longing when they met on Monday, was to award an Olympic prize to Abe, who was prime minister when Tokyo won the host in 2013, followed by a meeting with Tokyo Governor, Yoriko Koike, and Organizing Committee Chairman Yoshiro Mori.
On Tuesday, Bach will visit the Athletes’ Village near Tokyo Bay for $ 1. 4 billion major stadiums.
Bach said that he and Longa, who wore the masks, “were in total agreement in determination and complete confidence to make the Olympics . . . And the Paralympics are a huge success next summer here in Tokyo. ».
He added, « It also makes us very confident that we can get spectators. Together we can make these Olympic Games and Olympic Flame the light at the end of the tunnel.
Japanese organizers still grapple with the logistical challenge of ensuring the safety of more than 11,000 athletes, as well as tens of thousands of officials, journalists and other personnel associated with the games, and whether viewers will be allowed to watch the events..
A decision on whether to enter sports fans abroad will be made in the Northern Hemisphere Spring, with potential options including testing before and after arriving in Japan, and restricting visitors to visitors from countries that have controlled the outbreak..
Pfizer’s announcement last week of developing an effective vaccine has boosted the prospects for a traditional Olympics, but there is no guarantee that a large number of people will be vaccinated by the time the Tokyo Games open on July 23, 2021..
Bach only said the IOC would step up efforts to make sure athletes get vaccinated « if a vaccine is available by then ».
Suga said he is determined that the games will serve as « evidence of humanity’s defeat of the virus, » despite the continued spread of the epidemic in Europe, the United States and other countries.
While Japan has seen relatively fewer cases and deaths, experts have warned that the country may have entered the third wave, with daily infections reaching their highest levels since the start of the outbreak..
« I have made it clear that we have different considerations based on the presence of bystanders and have agreed with President Bach to work closely together towards a safe and secure Olympiad, » according to Kyodo News.
Japan allows a certain number of fans to enter baseball and football stadiums, and last week it hosted a one-day gymnastics meeting in which four countries participated as the organizers tested several anti-Covid-19 measures..
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