LAUSANNE | The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach asked Wednesday “patience” about the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, scheduled from July 23 to August 8, after already a first year of postponement.
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“We just ask for patience, for understanding, that is the main message (…) It is too early to decide anything,” Bach said after an executive board meeting of the instance.
The Tokyo Olympics were normally scheduled for summer 2020 but were postponed for a year due to the health situation linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, a first in peacetime history.
While the pandemic is still present and new variants of the virus have emerged in recent months, various options have been discussed in the media, ranging from outright cancellation of the appointment to Games without an audience. .
“We don’t waste time and energy on speculation,” Bach explained. “We are working on how the Games will play out,” he said.
“Our task is to organize the Games, not to cancel the Games … and that is why we will not add fuel to the heat of speculation”, also declared the President of the IOC.
Regarding the vaccination of athletes, another delicate subject at a time when priority people are still very far from having all been vaccinated in the world, Mr. Bach recalled that the IOC “was not in favor of athletes cutting the line. ‘waiting”.
“There is no plan, we learn every day”, he developed, adding to understand that, even though people live in confinement and that it is not possible to go out to go to the restaurant , it appears difficult to envisage the holding of the Olympic Games.
“The responsibility of the (Japanese) government and the IOC is to see beyond this situation.”
The President of the IOC indicated that the body would soon make public the first version of its “playbook”, a manual aimed at describing “all the possible measures to be applied in July and August in Tokyo”.
This manual covers many essential issues such as travel, potential quarantines, transportation, life in the Olympic Village, and social distancing.