On Wednesday, the IOC Chief reassured that the Olympic Games will open as scheduled on 23rd July. According to Thomas Bach, most of the athletes and team members who would be staying at Olympic Village would be vaccinated. The statement from the chief is important in times of growing concern over the Olympics.
With less than 10 weeks to go until the opening ceremony, many prefectures of Japan are under emergency. It was recently reported that 83% of people demanded postponement or cancellation of the Tokyo Games.
Amid these restrictions, the IOC Chief’s visit to Japan has already been canceled. But Bach seemed confident during his talk with organizers and Japanese officials.
The Japanese public has been seen protesting against the Olympics in the middle of the pandemic. Wednesday’s statement by Bach can be said as an attempt to cool down the rage within Japan.
Thomas Bach via video call said,
“The most important principle is very clear, the Olympic village is a safe place and the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Tokyo 2020 will be organized in a safe way. At this moment, as many as 75% of residents of the Olympic village are already vaccinated or have secured vaccination in time before the Olympic Games.”
Bach believes that the vaccination number near the Olympic village will be well above 80% by the time games begin.
The fourth wave of coronavirus has hit Japan badly. With slow vaccination adding more issues to containing the virus, the medical panel in Japan has cautioned the government regarding the super spread.
While stressing on the topic of healthcare, Bach also showed his will to bring extra medical personnel. Without detailing any exact number of medical personnel, the medical help will be brought as a part of the NOC (National Olympic Committee).
Test Event Success Key For Olympics To Go Ahead as scheduled
While stressing on the Games will go ahead as scheduled, Bach also referred to the successful test events organized during the last few weeks. The strict restrictions – quarantine, daily testing and no use of public transport were implemented during the test events.
“The athletes are ready to make these sacrifices because they understand that safety is coming first.”
While wrapping up the meeting, Bach told organizers to concentrate on the delivery of safe and secure Olympic Games, as we are just 65 days away from the Opening Ceremony.