It would be “premature” to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games scheduled for July-August, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. This was stated in an interview with the New York Times IOC President Thomas Bach.
“For us, it would not be responsible today and it would be premature to leave in speculations and to make a decision“said Mr. Bach.”we do not know what the situation will be. Course we look at several scenarios“The Games are expected to open on July 24 until August 9.
The IOC has dedicated a working group to this issue. And for now, “we have no recommendation” on his part. “Therefore it would not be responsible, in any way, to set a date or make a decision right away, which would be based on speculation about future events“, said Mr. Bach.
Bach said everyone’s health will come first. “The IOC’s decision will not be determined by any financial interest“He assured. The Olympic flame arrived Friday in Japan, where the planned ceremony was reduced to its simplest expression due to the pandemic.
dpa / ace