Tokyo Olympics: Games will move ahead ‘with or without Covid’, says IOC VP

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics will occur “with or without COVID,” IOC VP John Coates told AFP on Monday. His comments come after the games, originally scheduled for to begin last July, were pushed back one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Highly placed Olympics official Pierre-Oliver Beckers has confirmed that the Olympics cannot be postponed any further. Either it happens next year or else Tokyo will have to forgo their chance to host it anytime soon.

The Belgian official was only stating what was already reiterated by Japan and the International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach. It is Japan’s last chance to organize the Games postponed until July 23, 2021, due to the global coronavirus crisis.

“We are convinced that the Games will take place in 2021 or they won’t take place,” Beckers said. “It’s unthinkable to keep such a project on the go for any longer considering the enormous costs and all the thousands of people involved.”

The “theme,” Coates said, was initially going to be “the Reconstruction Games after the devastation of the tsunami,” referring to the devastating tsunami and earthquake that hit Tohoku in 2011. Nearly 16,000 people were killed in the disaster.

“Now very much these will be the games that conquered COVID, the light at the end of the tunnel,” Coates said.

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