Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo will be rescheduled with COVID-19 situation
Like many sporting events because of the coronavirus, the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo were threatened. Despite the fact that the complete cancellation of a large-scale event is not considered, he may well be threatened with a transfer.
The chairman of the organizing committee of the 2020 Olympics, Yoshiro Mori, categorically rejected rumors about the complete cancellation of the Games, but did not rule out such a scenario as transfer to other dates.
“On Sunday, I had a telephone conversation with the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach. He asked me for advice on holding the Games before the IOC emergency meeting. Cancellation of the Games is not discussed, this is impossible,” said Mr. Mori.
He said that the fate of the competition will be discussed with the Tokyo authorities. On the eve, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe allowed the transfer of the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo. He recalled that when making such an important decision, first of all, you need to think about athletes.
The Olympics in Tokyo should be held from July 24 to August 9.
Two-time champion of the Summer Paralympic Games 2012, multiple world and Russian champion in athletics, Fedor Tricolich in an interview with Metro noted that the situation with the Olympics in Tokyo will be especially sensitive for Russian athletes, taking into account all the difficulties at the recent Olympics.
“Of course, this is a very difficult situation for athletes, it can be said a disaster. Although we are not talking about the complete cancellation of the Games, no one can say with certainty what will happen in a month and how the events related to coronavirus will develop. And for athletes, this the main start of the four-year period, and for most, perhaps, of all life! After all, often in sport there is only one chance, "says Fedor.
However, he agreed that the measures taken were prudent in the current context of a pandemic. And that there is nothing more important and more valuable than human life.
“But health is of course in the foreground! And here we are talking not only and, probably, not so much about athletes as about the health of every person on the planet. Therefore, if the situation with coronavirus develops in a negative way, the Olympic Games will not take place or will be postponed to a later date. And it will be prudent, "concluded the athlete.