Tokyo is working on OJ, reduced-size for 2021

Tokyo planche sur des JO à taille réduite pour 2021

TOKYO | The organisers of Tokyo 2020 are pondering ways to reduce the sail of the summer olympic Games, deferred to 2021 due to the pandemic, said Thursday the governor of the japanese capital.

Yuriko Koike explained that the leaders of Tokyo 2020 examined what could be “streamlined and simplified”, so that the costs of the first Games in history to be carried forward increase.

The japanese media spoke of an opening ceremony small and a number of spectators limited.

The international olympic Committee (IOC) had announced at the end of march the report of the biggest sporting event in the world because of the pandemic of the new coronavirus, which has already killed hundreds of thousands of people in the world, and virtually shut down international travel in recent months.

The Games are now scheduled to begin on July 23, 2021, but the organizers are facing a puzzle of a new systematic reorganization of sites, accommodation and transport.

The daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported Thursday, citing sources close to the matter that everyone (athletes, officials and spectators) would be required to undergo a detection test for the coronavirus.

“The absolute priority is to avoid the worst-case scenario, a cancellation of the Games,” said daily, a government source in japan.

The spokesman for Tokyo 2020, Masa Takaya, refused to deliver details Thursday at a press conference, saying that discussions on measures against the coronavirus would take place “from this fall”.

The boss of the IOC Thomas Bach had said last month that 2021 would be the “last option” to organize the olympic games in Tokyo, stressing that they could not be deferred once more.

He had refused to say whether the existence of a vaccine would be a condition for the holding of the olympic Games, but had shown little enthusiasm for the idea of organizing without spectators.

The japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has deemed “difficult” to organise the Games as the pandemic would not be contained. As for the president of Tokyo 2020, Yoshiro Mori, he has also already stated that the biggest sporting event in the world would be cancelled if the pandemic was not under control by then.

Share Button