Tokyo Olympics President Says Games to Proceed Despite Pandemic

The Tokyo Olympics will push through “however the coronavirus evolves,” says Yoshiro Mori, head of the Tokyo 2020.

This, despite the extension of the capital and other prefectures’ state of emergency until March 7. 

Mori said, “We must go beyond discussion about whether we will hold it or not. It’s about how we will do it. Let’s think about a new kind of Olympics on this occasion.”

The games will now go ahead at new dates from July 23 to August 8 this year, one year after the original schedule. Paralympic Games will be held on August 24 until September 5.

Last week, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has maintained that they are committed to making the Games happen. 

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

On measures against the coronavirus Bach added, “We have to put the COVID countermeasures together for every possible scenario. And in this, we are relying on the advice of all the different authorities. There’s the Japanese government, the health authorities, the World Health Organization; we are talking with the manufacturers of vaccines – with all the experts.”

Organizers will be outlining the measures designed for the Tokyo 2020 on Wednesday.


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