COVID-19 vaccine not ‘prerequisite’ for Olympics, says Tokyo 2020 CEO

Tokyo, September 5

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto has acknowledged {that a} COVID-19 vaccine was not a requirement for holding subsequent 12 months’s postponed Olympics and Paralympics.

Muto on Friday attended the primary assembly on countermeasures towards the coronavirus pandemic with a Japanese authorities panel, which is headed by Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kazuhiro Sugita and consists of about 30 members from the central authorities, the Tokyo metropolitan authorities and Tokyo 2020 organising committee.

The assembly touched upon the present standing of the pandemic and primary scheme for measures for subsequent 12 months’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“It’s not a prerequisite,” Muto stated of the vaccine whereas talking to reporters.

“The International Olympic Committee and the WHO already discussed this matter. It’s not a condition for the delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Games. A vaccine is not a requirement. Of course, if vaccines are developed, we’ll really appreciate it. And for Tokyo 2020, this will be great. But if you ask me if that’s a condition, it is not,” he added.

“As for the spectators, we don’t have any conclusions yet. But if possible, we’d like to avoid a ‘no spectators’ situation,” the Tokyo 2020 CEO stated.

The Tokyo Games had been scheduled to be in July-August this 12 months however due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed greater than eight lakh lives to this point, the Olympics has been postponed until subsequent 12 months summer time. IANS

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