if not held in 2021, games will be canceled

Already postponed until 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games could be canceled immediately if the health situation does not allow them to be held next year. Information confirmed by the Chairman of the IOC.

Will Tokyo be entitled to its Olympic Games? President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach has confirmed that the 2020 Olympic Games, which have been postponed for a year in response to the Covid-19 epidemic, will be suspended if not held in 2021.

“I understand the position of our Japanese partners,” he said in a BBC interview on Wednesday when asked about the words of the head of the organizing committee Yoshiro Mori, who appreciated the end of April. that if the pandemic is still going on next summer “we must cancel”.

“Mammoth work”

“We cannot forever employ 3,000 or 5,000 people on the organizing committee,” continued Thomas Bach, who emphasized the “mammoth work” represented by this postponement and reorganization to stunt in the major competitions as a result.

“We cannot change the global sports calendar for all major federations. We cannot leave athletes in uncertainty,” he argued.

While he reiterated “the clear commitment that the Games will be held next July”, Thomas Bach admitted that we must “be ready for different scenarios”.

Measures of “quarantine for athletes, for some athletes, for other participants” cannot be ruled out.

“The Olympic spirit is to unite the fans”

The IOC boss did not want to answer the question of the development of a vaccine against the corona virus was a prerequisite for the Olympic Games to be held, but did not conceal his small enthusiasm for games without spectators.

“This is what we do not want, because the Olympic spirit is to unite the fans. What makes the games so unique is that there are spectators side by side coming from all over the world at the same Olympic stadium,” said the former fencer.

“When we have a clear idea of ​​what the world will look like on July 23, 2021, we will make appropriate decisions,” he said.

On March 24, the IOC announced that an Tokyo Olympics was originally scheduled to be postponed by one year from July 24 to August 9, 2020, a first for the modern-day Olympics during peacetime. Tokyo Games is now being rescheduled from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

With AFP