International Olympic Committee targets ‘safe and successful’ games

THE International Olympic Committee “is fully concentrated and committed to the successful and safe delivery” of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, IOC president Thomas Bach says.

The German said all stakeholders, including the Japanese government, were “fully united and committed” to going ahead with the rearranged Games.

Despite much of Japan being under a state of emergency because of a third wave of Covid, the Olympics are set to commence on 23 July.

Bach said there was “no blueprint” for trying to organise the first rearranged Games during an ongoing pandemic, which he said has “multiplied” the complexity of staging the events.

But he did admit for the first time that there may be no crowds at the event.

“This I cannot tell you. We will do whatever is needed to organise a safe Games” he said.

“We are learning every day,” he continued. “This fight against the virus is a tough one, but we are fighting this fight for and like Olympic athletes.

“This means with full determination, with a will to win, with hard work every day, and with all the physical and mental strength that we can have.”

Bach again dismissed the idea of a “Plan B”, talk of relocating the events, and cancellation.

“We are not speculating whether the Games are taking place, we are working how the Games will take place,” he said.

When asked at what stage it would consider calling off the Olympics, Bach replied: “Our task is to organise Olympic Games and not to cancel Olympic Games. This is why we are working day and night to organise safe Olympic Games.”


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