Tokyo, September 8
The rearranged Tokyo Games have to be held “at any cost” in 2021, Japan’s Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto has stated on Tuesday.
Speaking at a information convention, Hashimoto stated the Games needs to be held for the good thing about the athletes, whatever the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Japanese authorities and the International Olympic Committee took the unprecedented determination in March to postpone the Games, initially scheduled to start in July, till 2021 due to the virus.
“Everyone involved with the Games is working together to prepare and the athletes are also making considerable efforts towards next year,” Hashimoto stated throughout a information convention.
“I think we have to hold the Games ‘at any cost’,” she added. “I want to concentrate all our efforts on measures against the coronavirus.”
Officials from the Japanese authorities, the native Tokyo authorities and the Olympics organising committee met for the primary time final week to develop steps to counter the coronavirus on the Games.
In an interview with Reuters in July, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto stated organisers have been making ready to host the Games subsequent 12 months even when the worldwide coronavirus pandemic hadn’t eased considerably.
Organisers are over 200 proposals on how greatest to take care of the virus, together with easing journey restrictions for international athletes, anti-virus measures on the Athletes’ Village and learn how to deal with spectators.
During his common press briefing on Tuesday, Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya was not as bullish as Hashimoto about subsequent 12 months’s Games however stated issues have been shifting in the appropriate path.
Organisers have been inspired that sports activities occasions have been being held efficiently all over the world in current months and that there was the potential of extra followers being allowed into stadiums for Japanese baseball and soccer video games, he added.
“This has been a big, big encouragement for the staff members of Tokyo 2020,” stated Takaya, including: “We feel that is another step towards…where we can see sports in action in our society.” Reuters