Tokyo Olympics: Games to hold in July 2021 ‘With Or Without, #Covid19

The Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), John Coates has emphasized that the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will hold in July 2021 “with or without #Covid19”.

John Coates on the news outlet, AFP said,that the high profile Olympic Games will kick-off on July 23,2021, while describing the international event as the”Games that conquered #Covid19″.

The IOC had earlier said they would not delay the Games beyond 2021, because the games are a way for the Olympic Committee to contribute in the reconstruction of Japan after the 2011 catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.

“The Games were going to be their theme, the Reconstruction Games after the devastation of the tsunami,” Mr Coates told AFP.

In July, Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive, Toshiro Muto said it was possible that the Games be held to a “limited” audience, but said they wanted to avoid the possibility of having no spectators at all.

Responding to this preoccupation, John Coates said the Games could potentially “simplify” its opening and closing ceremonies, as well as reduce the number of staff and delegations from each country.

Just a quick remainder, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games were scheduled for July but were postponed due to #COVID19 fears.

More than 11,000 athletes from around 200 countries were scheduled to take part in the 2020 Games.

Due to the fact that borders of many countries are largely closed to foreigners, the participation of many athletes maybe jeopardised.

The Games Chief, Yoshiro Mori say a vaccine was not a prerequisite for the Games, though health experts had cast doubt over whether the Games could be held without a vaccine.

Before the pandemic, the Games had only ever been cancelled because of war, but never postponed.

Benly Anchunda

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