Tokyo: The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics might be cancelled if the coronavirus pandemic isn’t introduced below management by subsequent 12 months, the organising committee’s president mentioned in feedback revealed Tuesday.
The pandemic has already pressured a year-long delay of the Video games, which at the moment are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021, however Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori mentioned no additional postponement was doable.
In an interview with Japan’s Nikkan Sports activities each day, Mori was categorical when requested if the Olympics might be delayed till 2022 if the pandemic stays a risk subsequent 12 months, replying: “No.” “In that case, it’s cancelled,” Mori mentioned.
Mori mentioned the Video games had been cancelled beforehand solely throughout wartime and in contrast the battle in opposition to coronavirus to “fighting an invisible enemy.”
If the virus is efficiently contained, “we’ll hold the Olympics in peace next summer”, he added. “Mankind is betting on it.” Beneath heavy strain from athletes and sports activities associations, Japanese organisers and the Worldwide Olympic Committee agreed in March to a year-long postponement of the Video games.
Organisers and Japanese officers have mentioned the delayed Olympics might be an opportunity to showcase the world’s conquer the coronavirus, however questions have arisen about whether or not even a 12 months’s postponement is enough.
On Tuesday, the top of Japan Medical Affiliation warned it could be “exceedingly difficult” to carry the Video games subsequent 12 months if a vaccine had not been discovered.
“I would not say that they should not be held, but it would be exceedingly difficult,” Yoshitake Yokokura instructed reporters at a briefing.
And final week a Japanese medical knowledgeable who has criticised the nation’s response to the coronavirus warned that he was “very pessimistic” that the postponed Olympics will be held in 2021.