Thomas Bach, the chief of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said on Monday that he is convinced that spectators will be able to attend the postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.
Following a meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister, Bach commended the measures against the coronavirus prepared by organisers and government officials.
“ This gives us all complete confidence that we can have spectators in the Olympic stadiums next year,” said the IOC boss, who is for a four-day visit in Japan. Recently appointed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga expressed Japans determination to hold the postponed Games in the summer of 2021. “We stick to the agreement to realize safe Olympic Games.”
Bach promised that the IOC will “make great efforts” to ensure that as many participants and spectators as possible are vaccinated before going to Japan, when a vaccine is available next summer. “We are putting together a huge toolbox in which we stop all conceivable measures. Next year, we will be able to take the right measures out of the box and apply them so that we can guarantee a safe environment for all participants.”
The IOC boss also hopes to increase the trust of athletes, Japanese citizens and Olympic sponsors. Polls show that a majority of Japanese believe that the Games should be postponed once again or even not at all. Of the sponsors, 60 percent have not yet extended their contract. Also, the number of positive tested people in Japan is increasing again. The country reported a record of 1730 new coronavirus infestations on Saturday.