Six Months ahead of the Olympic 2020 Summer Games, Tokyo Olympics CEO is worried over the china virus which has caused panic and distress all across the world.
Toshiro Muto, Chief Executive Officer of Tokyo Olympics event, here on Wednesday expressed serious concerns over Corona Virus. In a meeting with the officials of the International paralympic committee, he said “I am seriously worried that the spread of the infectious disease could throw cold water on the momentum towards the games. I hope that it will be stamped out as soon as possible.”
This time, a huge number of spectators from different parts of the country are expected to attend the event, but the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus has certainly brought in fear among them.
The organizers are also worried about the China Virus, as it would disrupt the major event which is scheduled to begin from July 24th, 2020.
Nearly 11,000 Olympians are going to stay at the Athletes Village, where Mayor Saburo Kawabuchi showed his concern stating “I truly hope that the infectious disease will die down somehow so that they will be able to concentrate on performing their best. In the worst case- we will do our utmost for the athletes so that they will be able to concentrate on performing their best.”
Tokyo Olympic organizers have clearly stated that there are no plans to withdraw the Olympic event. However as the China virus is spreading at a faster pace, some of the Olympic qualifying events have been abolished or relocated. Also, fans traveling to the city are apprehensive and more confused adding to travel restrictions.
China has so far witnessed a death toll of 490 on Wednesday. Japan, however, has not confirmed any death by coronavirus so far.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Tokyo Olympics organizing committee Vice President, Toshiaki Endo, said “ In Japan, we are facing all sorts of problems including coronavirus infections, cybersecurity and transportation systems. However, the IOC is satisfied with our preparations”.
Paralympic committee spokesman, Craig Spence, was confident and reassured that “We have full confidence that the relevant authorities, in particular here in Japan and the World Health Organization, will take all the necessary measures to address the situation”.
Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe on Monday, also denied the worries, when asked about the viral outbreak and impact on the Tokyo Olympic Games.
However, Yurkio Koike, the government of Tokyo, in her comments sounded more concerned stating “We must fairly tackle the new coronavirus to contain it, or we are going to regret it.”