Published 12: 04 a.m. ET March 20, 2020 |Updated 12: 29 a.m. ET March 20, 2020
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The International Olympic Committee is “pointless to say” considering alternatives if COVID-19 makes it most unlikely to maintain the Tokyo Games this summer season, however president Thomas Bach indicated in an interview with The Unusual York Instances that cancellation is no longer one in all them.
Regardless of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, Bach reiterated that the IOC would no longer need to make any choices now because the Opening Ceremony isn’t unless July 24. Circumstances are changing rapidly, and Bach said the bleak stipulations now may change.
“We don’t know what the situation shall be,” Bach told The Instances. “Of course we are considering diversified scenarios, however we are contrary to many diversified sports activities organizations or professional leagues in that we are four and a half months away from the Games.”
Bach is hyper-sensitive to the possibility of depriving athletes of the chance to compete at the Olympics. A conventional fencer, he neglected the 1980 Olympics in Moscow because of the U.S.-led boycott.
“I can sympathize with these athletes because of my journey,” Bach said. “For an athlete, the worst thing for preparation is the uncertainty that distracts from training and preparations.”
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But he and the IOC have approach below increasing criticism in latest days from athletes and national Olympic leaders begging for clarity.
Training is becoming increasingly difficult, if no longer most unlikely, at some stage in mighty of Europe and North America. In the United States, most university athletic facilities and public gyms have closed. Two U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Facilities have been shuttered.
Athletes also have expressed situation that, with as easily as COVID-19 spreads, they are putting themselves, and the general public, at threat if they continue trying to train.
“I will no longer speculate,” Bach said. “But we owe it to all the athletes, and we owe it to all the half of the sector that watches the Olympics to say we are no longer putting the cancellation of the Games on the agenda.”
Whereas Bach’s feedback to The Instances appear to echo the IOC’s outdated insistence that the Games will walk on as planned, there has been a shift in messaging each from him and Tokyo organizers. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said earlier in the week that he wanted Tokyo to “maintain the Olympics and Paralympics perfectly.” But, for the first time, Abe made no mention of a time-frame.
In his interview with The Instances, Bach essentially dominated out cancellation of the Games, saying it was “no longer on the agenda.” But he refused to be pinned down about a potential postponement.
“I have already answered,” Bach said when he was asked immediately about postponing the Olympics. “We are dedicated to the success of those Games.”