Tokyo July 23 – Tokyo Olympics organisers are preparing to host the Games next year even if the global coronavirus pandemic hasn’t eased substantially, organising committee chief executive Toshiro Muto told Reuters on Tuesday.
The Tokyo Olympics had been scheduled to start on Friday but were put back to 2021 because of the pandemic.
Since then, organisers have scrambled to rearrange an event that has been almost a decade in the making whilst trying to ensure next year’s Olympics are safe for athletes, officials and supporters.
Muto said that although organisers hoped the threat posed by the virus could be reduced, nobody knows what the situation will be when the Games start on July 23, 2021.
Organisers are assuming coronavirus will remain a major problem.
“It is rather difficult for us to expect that the coronavirus pandemic is contained,” Muto told Reuters. “But if we can deliver the Games in Tokyo with coronavirus, Tokyo can be the role model for the next Olympic Games or other various international events.”
Muto said he hoped Tokyo 2020 could be the benchmark in a post-pandemic world.
“By delivering the Games successfully in Tokyo we strongly hope that can create a legacy that is in the history of mankind.”(Reuters)