It’s too early to set a deadline on how subsequent yr’s postponed Tokyo Olympics will likely be organised, Olympic chief Thomas Bach stated Wednesday, including developments for fast COVID-19 testing and vaccines would tremendously facilitate the Video games going forward. “We do not actually know the place the atmosphere we will likely be in subsequent yr, it is too early to set a deadline,” Bach stated after an govt board assembly of the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) which he heads up. “We do not know the way the world seems like tomorrow, how may you count on us to know the way the world seem like in 316 days?”
The 2020 Video games had been postponed in a historic choice earlier this yr due to the coronavirus pandemic, and they’re now set to open on July 23, 2021.
“Within the subsequent coming weeks you will note vital and intensive discussions happening with regard to the completely different eventualities concerning the Covid-19 counter-measures,” Bach stated.
“General we are going to after all proceed to observe the precept that has pushed all our choices to this point with regard to Tokyo and which means to organise the Olympic Video games in a protected atmosphere for all folks concerned subsequent summer season.”
The IOC’s taskforce, Bach stated, was getting ready for a large number of various eventualities.
“That is not straightforward, however after all social distancing is into account,” he stated.
“We’re additionally following very carefully what’s occurring with the event of fast testing and developments of vaccination and vaccines as a result of this might even have an have an effect on and will then facilitate the preparations.
“It is simply too early to present a concrete reply to what would be the last state of affairs and the ultimate strategy.”
Bach acknowledged the taskforce was carefully following huge sporting occasions world wide to look at how they had been organised.
Contact had been made “to alternate info and be taught and this may proceed”.
“I am solely certain about one factor on this unsure world and unsure growth… the atmosphere relating to Tokyo will likely be completely different than from the atmosphere immediately. We solely have no idea during which method.
“Subsequently, you can’t mechanically switch the expertise we’re gaining with them to the organisation of the Video games in a single yr from now.”
However Bach insisted he thought “we could be cautiously optimistic”.
“In line with our info and the contact we now have with specialists, the World Well being Group, but in addition with pharmaceutical corporations and what we’re seeing available on the market, we are going to see an incredible progress with reference to fast testing as an example which is able to tremendously affect the planning and state of affairs.
“We’re additionally knowledgeable about encouraging information in regards to the growth of vaccines and all these will play a job.
“They won’t be the ‘silver bullet’ however they will tremendously facilitate the organisation of the Video games and hopefully already occasions within the lead as much as the Video games.”
Bach additionally performed down feedback to AFP by John Coates, the IOC’s Coordination Fee for the Tokyo Video games, that the Video games would happen “with or with out Covid”.
“Mr Coates, like the complete IOC, is absolutely dedicated to the precept we at all times apply: Olympic Video games in a protected atmosphere for all contributors,” Bach stated.
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