IOC VP: Tokyo Olympics will go ahead "with or without Covid"

IOC VP: Tokyo Olympics will go ahead

PanARMENIAN.Net - The postponed Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead next year "with or without Covid", the BBC cited the vice-president of the International Olympic Committee as saying on Monday, September 7.

John Coates confirmed to news agency AFP that the Olympics would start on July 23 next year, calling them the "Games that conquered Covid".

They were originally scheduled to start in July 2020, but were postponed due to Covid-19 fears.

The IOC had earlier said they would not delay the Games beyond 2021.

"The Games were going to be their theme, the Reconstruction Games after the devastation of the tsunami," Mr Coates told AFP, referring to 2011 catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

"Now very much these will be the Games that conquered Covid, the light at the end of the tunnel."

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.

Photo: AP/Jae C. Hong, File
 Top stories
The earthquake caused a temporary blackout, damaged many buildings and closed a number of rural roads.
The Prosecutor’s Office has released surveillance footage and said that one of the detainees in the case, Iveri Melashvili.
Destinations welcomed 900m fewer international tourists in January–October when compared with the same period of 2019.
Austrian authorities said at least one gunman remained on the run at 1am Vienna time on November 3.
Partner news