Coronavirus: the head of the WHO welcomes the “sacrifice” of the organizers of the olympics

Coronavirus: le chef de l’OMS salue le « sacrifice » des organisateurs des JO

PARIS | the director general of The world health Organization (WHO) has thanked on Wednesday, the japanese prime minister and the international olympic Committee for the “sacrifice” that they have consented to deferring the day before the Tokyo olympic Games because of the pandemic of sars coronavirus.

“I thank the prime minister Shinzo Abe and the members of the IOC to make that sacrifice to protect the health of athletes, spectators and officials,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a press conference.

Welcoming the decision “difficult, but wise,” the head of WHO said, ” wait anxiously for the olympic and paralympic Games next year, which we hope will be, a greater and more beautiful celebration of our shared humanity. ”

“The postponement of the Games has been decided completely and solely by the IOC and the japanese government “, assured the director of the health emergencies of the WHO Michael Ryan, ” but we fully support this decision. ”

The thanks of dr. Ghebreyesus involved in the aftermath of the announcement of the postponement of the olympics, a first in peace time in the modern era.

Scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, they will take place in 2021 “at the latest” in the summer. The decision of the IOC and the japanese organization occurred after several days of pressure from athletes, federations and olympic committees.

The coronavirus has caused nearly 450 000 infections and more than 20 500 deaths, according to a tally conducted by the AFP on Wednesday at 15h, from official sources.

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