Friday, June 18, 2021

Tokyo 2020 … the Olympiad will be held regardless of the coronavirus development

The organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 confirmed that the games postponed until next summer will be held “regardless of the evolution of the Coronavirus.”

Chairman of the organizing committee Yoshiro Mori, on Tuesday, ruled out doubts about the organization of the global event.

“We will definitely go forward, whatever the development of the (pandemic) Coronavirus,” Mori said at a meeting of organizers and officials of the ruling party in Japan.

Adding that, “We must move beyond the discussion about whether to organize the games or not. Let us think of a new type of games on this occasion.”

These comments come at a time when organizers insist on organizing safe games from the Corona outbreak around the world, including recently in Japan.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to extend the state of emergency for a month, which means that the precautionary measures will continue until March 7 in Tokyo and several cities in the country.

And strict measures were imposed at the border after the number of injuries increased, which led to the postponement of the technical swimming qualifiers scheduled for March.

The torch tour is still scheduled in several cities in the country, starting March 25.

On Wednesday, the organizers are expected to announce additional details about the proposed countermeasures for the games that have been postponed since the summer of 2020 due to the global outbreak of the pandemic.

However, Japanese public opinion has repeatedly expressed its opposition to holding the games, the most prominent of which is a poll that revealed the desire of 80% of Japanese to cancel or postpone.

The organizers announced their categorical rejection of this option, citing the support of the International Olympic Committee and the participating athletes from around the world.

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