JO Tokyo: “We are facing real issues,” acknowledges John Coates

JO de Tokyo: «On est face à de vrais problèmes», reconnait John Coates

SYDNEY | The Australian John Coates, an influential member of the international olympic Committee (IOC), has acknowledged that there were “real problems” in the organisation of the olympic Games of Tokyo in 2021, in spite of their one-year deferral because of the pandemic of sars coronavirus.

“It is the face of real problems, because there are athletes who come from 206 countries”, recalled the boss of the australian olympic committee during a conference organized on Thursday by the press group to News Corp.

“There will be 11,000 athletes, 5 000 officials and coaches, 20,000 members of the media, there are 4,000 people working in the organization of the Games in this time, which will add 60,000 volunteers”, he stressed.

“The Games can take place in 2021, we can’t postpone again, and it must be assumed that there will be no vaccine against the sars coronavirus), or if there is one, there will not be enough time for the share in the world,” said the former vice-president of the IOC.

Mr. Coates, who chairs the coordination committee of the IOC for the olympics-2020, was given an appointment in October to define the devices for the Games in Tokyo take place if the pandemic is brought under control.

“Is this he will have to place the olympic Village in isolation? Is that any sportsman will need to observe a period of quarantine? Is there a limit to the number of spectators at each competition site?”, he said.

The remarks made by the leader australian echo the ones held on Wednesday by the boss of the IOC, Thomas Bach, who has warned that the Tokyo Games will be cancelled if they do not take place in 2021.

“We cannot continue to employ 3 000 or 5 000 people within the organizing committee,” explained to the BBC Mr Bach, stressing the “working mammoth” that represent this report and the reorganisation of waterfalls of the major events that ensues.

“We can’t change the calendar world sports from all the major federations. We can’t leave athletes in the uncertainty”, he recalled.

On 24 march, the IOC announced the one-year deferral of the olympic games of Tokyo originally planned from 24 July to 9 August 2020, a first for the olympics of the modern era in time of peace. The Tokyo Games are now re-scheduled from 23 July to 8 August 2021.

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