The Worldwide Olympic Committee is “committed” to holding the 2020 Video games in Tokyo as deliberate regardless of the widening new coronavirus outbreak, the physique’s president has pledged.
The IOC “is fully committed to a successful Olympic Games in Tokyo starting July 24,” Thomas Bach informed Japanese media in a convention name late Thursday, in response to Kyodo Information.
The assertion got here as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday requested the closure of faculties nationwide in a drive to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.
Japan has to this point seen 4 deaths associated to the virus, amongst practically 200 recognized infections.
Some 700 infections had been additionally detected amongst about 3,700 passengers and crew on a cruise ship that was moored off Japan after one in every of its former passengers examined constructive.
Mr. Bach prevented instantly addressing feedback by senior IOC member Dick Pound, who hinted the Video games may very well be cancelled if well being authorities block journey.
Mr. Pound additionally mentioned, nonetheless, there was no formal dialogue amongst IOC members about cancelling the Video games.
Mr. Bach mentioned the precedence “is to ensure the qualification procedure and protecting the safety of athletes at the same time”, in response to Kyodo.
“This is what we’re doing in cooperation with the Japanese authorities, the World Health Organization, the Chinese Olympic Committee and many NOCS,” Bach mentioned, referring to nationwide Olympic committees.