This was indicated by Seiko Hashimoto, special Japanese minister for the sporting event, in line with what the IOC and the Organizing Committee want.
Japan aspires to host the Tokyo Olympics on schedule “at any cost”, out of consideration for the organizers and the athletes preparing for the event, as he said on Tuesday Seiko Hashimoto, Japanese Minister for the Games.
The woman reaffirmed the determination of the hosts to carry out the event in the summer of 2021, despite the continuing global health crisis of the coronavirus, after last March the organizers and the International Olympic Committee decided to postpone the event for the same reason.
“I think we have to host the Games at any cost”Hashimoto declared at a press conference, in which he also noted that the hosts “must concentrate all their efforts on measures against the coronavirus.”
The Tokyo Games must go ahead “because there are so many people working together to prepare them and athletes are also making considerable efforts for next year under the current circumstances,” the Japanese minister stressed.
Hashimoto’s statements are in line with the position of the IOC, which has been expressing its willingness to organize in 2021 some Games adapted to the new scenario posed by the pandemic, and of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. “The Games will be held with or without coronavirus “Joan Coates, vice of the IOC, said Monday.
“The IOC is fully committed to holding the Games next summer. And our position is the same and has not changed in recent months,” said Organizing Committee spokesman Masa Takaya.
“We maintain our commitment to organize the Games on the new dates and to make every effort to ensure that the event is safe for athletes and the public,” stressed the spokesperson, who did not want to “speculate” with possibilities such as delaying the event again. if the pandemic situation worsens.
The Organizing Committee and the Japanese Government began last week to discuss a series of measures to manage the arrival of athletes to Japan for the Games and they plan to present concrete proposals in the coming months, which will be agreed with the IOC and the international federations. .
Before the end of the year, the hosts will also address the arrival of foreign spectators for the Games and their possible access to the stadiums, in the current context of extensive restrictions on the entry of foreign visitors that Japan applies due to the coronavirus crisis.
On this issue, the spokesman pointed out that the organizers “carefully observe” the developments in different countries -among them Japan- where sporting competitions of the highest level have been resumed, in some cases with spectators in the stands and with different health security measures .
With information from EFE