The president of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Tokyo 2020Yoshiro Mori warned that if the coronavirus pandemic could not be controlled in 2021, the event could not be held, already postponed a year by this health crisis.
“No,” Mori replied in an interview to Nikkan Sports about whether the lack of control over the coronavirus next year would cause another delay. “In that case, they will be canceled”, he asserted in statements collected by international media.
The veteran manager compared this battle against COVID-19 like “fighting an invisible enemy”. “But if we contain him, we will celebrate the Games in peace next summer. That is what he is betting on. Humanity“he assured.
However, from the organizing committee itself, its spokesman Masa Takaya, clarified that this opinion was supported only “in the president’s own thoughts”, while from the Japan Medical Association (JMA), its main responsible, Yoshitake Yokhura, He acknowledged that it would be “extremely difficult” to host the Games next year if an “effective” coronavirus vaccine is not found. “I don’t think it is possible to lift the state of emergency across the country at this stage,” he added.
On the other hand, himself Yoshiro Mori He noted that the organizing committee was considering merging the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games and Paralympics looking to reduce costs. Thus in the inauguration of the Olympic Games Paralympic athletes would also parade on July 23, while the closing of both appointments would be on September 5 coinciding with the end of the Paralympic Games.
“In this way, costs will be reduced considerably and a great message of victory will be generated against the world crisis, but is not easy“recalled the manager before the possible rejection of the measure by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).