Overseas Network, September 7 (WITH or without novel Coronavirus), THE Tokyo Olympic Games will be held next year (2021), SAID IOC vice President John Coates on Thursday.
Coates said the Tokyo Games will open on July 23, 2021 as scheduled, adding: “Reviving the Olympics was their slogan and they lived through the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku in 2011. And now, a triumph over a novel Coronavirus will be the theme of the convention, like a light at the end of a tunnel “.
In July, Toshiro Muto, chief executive of the Tokyo Organizing committee for the Games, said the 2021 games would most likely limit the number of spectators but would try to avoid a spectator free mode. In addition, the Opening and closing ceremonies will be streamlined and the number of delegates and staff will be reduced. More than 11,000 athletes were scheduled to compete in Tokyo, but it is unclear how many will make it because Japan remains closed to most countries. Muto added, “It would be great if there were enough vaccines, but we have not said that there would be no Olympics without vaccines, it is not a prerequisite.”
Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo Games organizing committee, said in April that the Games would be canceled if Tokyo failed to host the games in 2021. Ioc President Thomas Bach explained that “the organizing committee cannot employ 3,000 to 5,000 people on a permanent basis. You cannot change the overall plan for a global sporting event every year.” (Xiluo Wang, Overseas)