Olympic chief Bach to respond to Tokyo Games fears

The International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday, ahead of a meeting of its executive board, that it was determined the Tokyo Games will go ahead and that they would be “safe and secure”.
While it urged participants to be vaccinated, the IOC said that was only part of its Covid-19 “toolbox”.
The Games were originally scheduled for last summer but were postponed in the face of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first Olympics to suffer that fate in peacetime.
The IOC and Japanese organisers rescheduled the Games for July 23 to August 8 this year.
But several media reports have claimed that the Games cannot go ahead, with British newspaper The Times last week quoting an unnamed source in Japan’s ruling coalition as saying “the consensus is that it’s too difficult” to hold the Olympics.
That claim was rejected by the Japanese government, with a spokesman saying there was “no truth” to the report.
After the last executive board meeting, the IOC released a statement on December 12, the same day the Pfizer vaccine was approved in the United States, expressing its “full commitment” to staging the Games.
Since then, the emergence of more infectious strains and the problems of global vaccination have sparked debate on whether the Games can take place, and the ethics of allowing participants to jump the vaccination queue.
Japan declared a state of emergency on January 7. The host country, where a quarter of the population is over 65 and 12.5 percent are over 75…. Read more: https://tinyurl.com/yytozdxf
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