Japan and IOC firm: Olympic Games go ahead

The Tokyo Olympics are to be held “at any cost” next summer. That’s what the former Japanese skater Seiko Hashimoto says, who now has the Olympic Games in her role as secretary of state of her country.

Hashimoto reacts with her statement to an interview John Coates gave to the AFP press agency. In it, the vice-president of the IOC said that, with or without a corona vaccine, the Games will take place from 23 July 2021.

Vaccine necessary

Coates was a lot more gloomy in May. “We really have a problem, because there are athletes from 206 countries coming to the Games,” he said then. “We have to assume there won’t be a vaccine by then. Or at least not enough to share with the whole world.”

In the meantime, he is much more positive, just like the head of the organizing committee, Toshiro Muto. He gave the same message earlier.

The people of Japan, on the other hand, are increasingly skeptical about the Olympics, polls show. It should become clear later this year whether the public will be welcome and what further measures are needed to organize the event safely.