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Bach con­fi­dent of safe Tokyo Olympic Games

- TOKYO/ Olympic Games · Infectious Diseases · Sports · Health Conditions · Tokyo · International Olympic Committee · Thomas Bach · Shinzō Abe · the Japanese government

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee has con­fi­dence in its prepa­ra­tions and in Ja­panese gov­ern­ment sup­port for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, but said all sce­nar­ios would be dis­cussed in the com­ing weeks amid the on­go­ing pandemic.

IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach said his or­gan­i­sa­tion was com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing a safe Games and had the full sup­port of the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe, but the look of next year’s Games was still un­clear.

“In the com­ing weeks you will see im­por­tant and in­ten­sive dis­cus­sions tak­ing place with re­gard to dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios to COVID-19 counter mea­sures,” Bach told a news con­fer­ence fol­low­ing an ex­ec­u­tive board meet­ing. “We re­main fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing safe and suc­cess­ful Games next year.”

The Tokyo 2020 Games were post­poned to next year in an un­prece­dented de­ci­sion in March as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe. Bach said while sev­eral as­pects of the Games’ or­gan­i­sa­tion, such as in­ter­na­tional spec­ta­tors or qual­i­fi­ca­tions pro­cesses, needed to be fi­nalised months in ad­vance, no dead­line for those had yet been set. “At some stage be­fore the Games we will have to take th­ese rel­e­vant de­ci­sions but right now I am not in a po­si­tion to give you a con­crete an­swer. We don’t know how the world looks like to­mor­row.”

 ?? / REUTERS ?? NOCK Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach
/ REUTERS NOCK Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach
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