IOC Prez Thomas Bach sticks to his plan to not delay Tokyo Olympics any further

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) Prez Thomas Bach has declared that there is no plan B for the hosting of the once delayed Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

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TOKYO OLYMPICS WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR 24 JULY TO 9 AUGUST, 2020

Originally due to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, Tokyo Olympics was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021. This marks the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed rather than cancelled, although recent developments indicate that history could repeat, leading to the cancellation of the games.

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THE EVENT FACES A VARIETY OF PROBLEMS

The event faces a further problem of dwindling public support. According to a survey by Kyodo News, nearly 80% Japanese wants the event to be either delayed or cancelled. 35.3% of the surveyed people favoured the complete cancellation of Tokyo Olympics, while 44.8% opined for another delay.

According to the same news outlet, Cabinet member Taro Kano has said that although the Japanese government would try their best to host the Olympics and thus prepare for the event at full flow, current situations suggest that the future might go either way, regardless of the preparations taken.

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THOMAS BACH SEEMS ADAMANT ON HIS PLAN TO HOST THE EVENT ON THE SCHEDULED OPENING DATE

However, IOC Prez Bach seems to be adamant on hosting the event, and refuses to believe that the event will not take place on the scheduled opening date.

“We have at this moment, no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on the 23rd of July in the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo,” he said.

According to Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya, the organizers will look closely at other sports events happening in Japan before the scheduled opening of the Olympic Games, to find a way to accommodate audience without putting them in a hazardous situation.

“In an ideal world the Games should be taking place in an atmosphere of celebration, composed by spectators and that is what we want to achieve,” he said.

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