International Olympic Committee, IOC has said that the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games will go ahead with or without Coronavirus.
IOC Vice-President John Coates said that the competition in Japan would be the ‘Games that conquered Covid.’
The Olympics has never been cancelled except during World War 1 and 2.
Coates who is head the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Games said it will take place with or without Covid.19 even as he noted that the Games will start on July 23 next year.
‘’The Games is going to be the Reconstruction Games after the devastation of the tsunami,’ he said, referring to a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan in 2011.Now very much these will be the Games that conquered Covid-19, the light at the end of the tunnel.’’
In a landmark decision, the 2020 Olympics was postponed because of the global pandemic. The Games are now set to open on July 23, 2021.
But Japan’s borders are still largely closed to foreign visitors and a vaccine is months or even year’s away, feeding speculation about whether the Games are feasible at all.
Japanese officials have made clear they would not delay the event a second time beyond 2021.
There are signs that public enthusiasm in Japan is waning after a recent poll found just one in four Japanese want them to go ahead next year, with most backing either another postponement or a cancellation.
Coates said the Japanese government has not dropped the baton at all following the postponement, despite the monumental task of putting the event back a year.
Before Covid-19, Thomas Bach said this is the best prepared Games ever seen.
According to him, the venues were almost finished, they are now finished, the village is amazing, all the transport arrangements, everything is fine.