IOC vice president John Coates has informed that Tokyo’s postponed Olympics will go ahead next year regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Olympics have never been canceled outside of the world wars and Coates, speaking in a phone interview, was adamant that the Tokyo Games will start on their revised date. he further stated that they will be recognized as the “Games that conquered COVID”.
“It will take place with or without COVID. The Games will start on July 23 next year,” Coates added.
The 2020 Olympics was earlier postponed to July 2021 in the light of the global pandemic that has caused millions of deaths worldwide.
However, the possibility of a vaccine emerging before the given date sounds like a distant cry. The decision to carry out the games nonetheless has attracted much speculation regarding the feasibility of the same.
“Their job now is to look at all the different counter-measures that will be required for the Games to take place,” the long-time president of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates said in a statement. Additionally, about 206 teams are expected to participate in the July Tokyo Olympics.