Organizers are ploughing ahead with the postponed Tokyo Olympics and decision will be made by the year end in respect of “counter-measures” required to carry it out safely in the time of Covid-19, IOC vice President chairman John Coates said this week.
Australia’s Coates chaired the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Games, which were delayed until 2021 in the wake of pandemic. The organizers were “throwing whatever resources are necessary” at the Games, Coates told reporters in Sydney.
“Our decision at this moment is to go ahead,” Mr. Coates expressed during an event marking the 20th anniversary of the 2000 Sydney Olympics’ opening ceremony. The wait for is to decide what counter-measures we need to go ahead with, to proceed depending on what stage Covid is at.
The extent of the crowd participation, ceremonies and any necessary quarantine when they arrive in Japan. All of those things and by the time we get to the end of the year we’ll make an assessment on what counter-measures we’ll need to apply.
The IOC and Japanese government made an unprecedented decision in March by postponing the Games, which were originally scheduled to start in July.
However, the officials from Tokyo have expressed that they intend to put on the Games in 2021 even if the pandemic has not eased substantially.
The five-time Olympic champion Australian swimmer, Ian Thorpe said that he also wanted to see the Games go ahead but was not sure if it could happen without a vaccine.
Mr. Thorpe said at the Sydney Games ceremony that the people’s health is the first and foremost thing. Therefore, let put it into perspective and if we haven’t got a vaccine or treatment for Covid-19, the Games will possibly not go ahead.