The International Olympics Committee vice president John Coates on Saturday said that nothing can stop the Tokyo Olympics from going ahead. This statement was made despite the rise in coronavirus cases globally. John Coates while speaking to AFP seemed confident about the Olympics starting on 23rd July 2021.
When asked by AFP if chances of Games starting in July could be postponed or canceled, he replied: No, there’s not.
“The prime minister of Japan said that to the president of the United States two or three weeks ago, he continues to say that to the IOC. We’re working with him (Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga) on all of the safety measures. It’s going ahead”
A few weeks back, Suga had visited the United States and had a brief meeting with Biden over the Olympics situation. Suga had reiterated that Japan was taking all precautions to contain the spread of the virus and was ready to host the safe and secure Olympics.
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While talking to the media on Saturday, John Coates also mentioned the measures and plan the organizing team was preparing for.
We spent the first half of last year identifying all the worst-case scenarios. We spent the next six months looking at the countermeasures that are necessary. We’re implementing those countermeasures, predicated on there is no vaccine, so that situation has improved. The Games will go ahead.”
Coates also said that all the measures and precautions they have chalked out are for the safety of athletes and people of Japan. Moreover, the Pfizer and BioNtech vaccine deal with IOC is the major step to ensure that games kick off on 23rd July.
The recent test events and qualifying events which took place in Japan have shown that events can be held smoothly and safely. The rowing qualification event was the dress rehearsal with respect to the measures taken. The diving and marathon test events also were carried out smoothly.
The question is will the same happen when 11000 athletes arrive in Japan at the same time? We hope for the best that the safe and secure Olympics gives new hope to the whole world than being a superspreader event.