Worldwide Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach mentioned on Wednesday that the postponed Tokyo Video games would require “sacrifices and compromises” from all sides to make them work.
“These postponed Olympic Games will need sacrifices, will need compromises by all of the stakeholders,” Bach informed reporters in a convention name the day after the IOC determined to delay the 2020 Video games due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The IOC’s position, Bach mentioned, was “to make the Olympic dreams of athletes come true”.
He admitted that cancelling the Tokyo Video games was “discussed and considered”, however mentioned: “It was very clear from the beginning that cancellation was not something the IOC would in any way favour.”
Bach mentioned the rescheduling of the Video games in 2021 remained a “very challenging question”.
‘Here We Go’
A task-force, named ‘Here We Go’, had been created to look at the problem, Bach added, saying the primary port of name could be with the 33 worldwide federations, doubtless beginning with a convention name on Thursday.
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“The first step, we have to see with them, to see what the options are. We also have to take into account the sports calendar around the Olympic Games,” the German mentioned.
The rescheduling, he added, “is not restricted just to the summer months. All the options are on the table, before and including the summer of 2021”.
Each World Athletics and the Worldwide Swimming Federation say they’re ready to maneuver their 2021 world championships to accommodate the rescheduled Video games.
One of many many logistical complications attributable to the historic postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has been the uncertainty across the Athletes’ Village overlooking Tokyo Bay. It was speculated to be re-purposed into condos on the market after the Video games.
When requested about how a postponement would possibly have an effect on the Village and its conversion, Bach mentioned: “I can’t inform you what the scenario is. It’s one of many many thousand of questions the task-force has to deal with.
“It’s the Olympic Village (the place) the guts of the Video games is normally beating.”
Bach, who was a part of West Germany’s gold medal-winning foil fencing crew on the 1976 Olympics, added: “Of course, I’d be very, very delighted if we could have the Olympic Village in the traditional form.”
“Everybody who has once lived in an Olympic Village knows that this is the real Olympic experience, that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
“Living under one roof with the whole world, sharing your meals together, celebrating together, discussing together, and forming this unique Olympic unity.” Bach concluded by saying: “We are at an unprecedented situation and have an unprecedented challenge. We have to find the best possible situation under the circumstances that we are living in.”