The international Olympic committee, the Tokyo organizing committee and Japan have yet to reach a consensus on the future of the Tokyo games.
This creates a confusing situation in which people from all sides always express their “opinions”, but are quickly refuted by relevant organizations.
John coates, chairman of the international Olympic committee coordination commission (ioc), which oversees preparations for the Tokyo games, said that October will be an important month to judge whether the games can be held, and reiterated the idea that it cannot be postponed again, kyodo news reported.
The Tokyo organizing committee for the Olympic Games was anxious again.
John coates has never said that October will be the crucial month in deciding whether the games can be held, let alone that the games could be cancelled, toshiro muto, chief executive of the Tokyo organizing committee for the Olympic Games, said at a press conference on May 28.
“Chairman coates did say that we will continue to discuss and assess the situation for the Olympics in the fall, when the situation will become clearer, including covid-19 and additional expenditures,” muto said, adding that coates was being misinterpreted.
Since the postponement of the games was announced in late march, the Tokyo organizing committee has not made a decision on any of its preparations.
“We have been preparing for the summer Olympics for more than six years, but now we have to start from scratch in more than a year,” muto said.
In June and July, the Tokyo organizing committee will discuss the issue with the ioc and try to release some details in the fall.
Amid the complicated work ahead, the committee’s priority is to determine venues and schedules for next year’s Olympics and paralympics, and the process is under way.
Only when the venue and schedule are determined can the remaining details be considered on a case-by-case basis.
With contracts already in place for post-match use of most venues, the organising committee must negotiate with owners and stakeholders of all venues.
“There are 43 venues for the competition,” muto said. “we hope that next year’s competition will be the same as this year’s. But we can only talk about one by one.
International Olympic committee (ioc) President Thomas Bach also held an internal meeting with ioc members on May 28. According to xinhua news agency, the meeting discussed how to deal with covid-19 and vaccine issues.
In particular, on the issue of vaccines, which has attracted much attention, there has been extensive discussion.
As the ioc’s medical and scientific director, Richard baggett also spoke to ioc members.
According to the sources, the international Olympic committee and the Japanese side of the idea is basically the same, effective vaccine is really the key to the Tokyo Olympic Games next year as scheduled.
However, the international Olympic committee will not respond positively to the question of whether an effective vaccine is a necessary condition for hosting the games.
As for the idea of an empty venue for the Tokyo games, the ioc is not interested either.
At a media briefing in early may, yotake yokokura, chairman of Japan’s medical association, said it would be difficult for Tokyo to host the games normally next year unless a vaccine against novel coronavirus was developed.
“No vaccine, no Olympics” is widely expected.
Japan will press ahead with the development of specific drugs and vaccines for the success of the Tokyo Olympics, Japanese prime minister shinzo Abe said in a telephone interview with Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine professor shinya yamanaka on May 7, the asahi shimbun reported.
Mr. Yamanaka responded that with athletes and tourists from around the world expected to flock to Tokyo during the games, as much vaccine as possible would be needed to ensure no new outbreaks, but the task would be nearly impossible in just a year.
If a vaccine is not developed, even if the games go ahead as planned, they will probably not take place in full.