Source Title: BOCOG officials say they will seek Biden’s support for IOC response
Overseas network, January 27 (Xinhua) about half a year before the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games, whether the conference can be held smoothly under the epidemic situation has always been the focus of attention from all walks of life. In order to dispel public concerns, Japan’s Olympic Organizing Committee is actively seeking support from the United States.
“Biden is coping with the severe situation brought about by the new coronavirus, but if he can make a positive statement on the development of the Olympic Games, we will also get strong support,” said Takahashi Zhizhi, member of the Executive Committee of the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, the Wall Street Journal reported on the 27th. &Takahashi also claimed that IOC President Bach and the IOC are not the people who can make decisions on the Olympic Games, which is up to the United States. ”
The report points out that the United States can bring the most athletes and high TV broadcasting fees to the Olympic Games. But with outbreaks rebounding in many countries and vaccination programs stalling, uncertainty about the Olympics is rising. British media reported last week that Japan had given up hosting this year’s Olympic Games, but it was denied by the Japanese government. Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, also talked with the National Olympic committees to ensure the normal opening of the Olympic Games and discuss the issue of vaccinating athletes with the new crown vaccine. But according to Takahashi, getting the United States to participate in the Olympics is the “most important task.”;.
However, the report points out that Biden has not talked about the Olympic Games in public since he became president of the United States. Instead, Biden has focused on dealing with the epidemic. Following the British media’s report on the suspension of the Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee said in a statement recently that it was concerned about the health and preparation of U.S. athletes before this year’s Olympic Games.
Regarding Takahashi’s suggestion that Biden should make a statement, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee said: “unfortunately, Mr. Takahashi does not know the truth. First, the USOC will decide on the candidates for the US Olympic and Paralympic teams. Second: the USOC has never doubted their participation. As a result, his comments are out of date. &However, the spokesman declined to comment on Takahashi’s remarks about Bach and the IOC.
Although the poll shows that about 80% of the Japanese people are against holding the Olympic Games this year, Japanese Prime Minister Kan Yiwei has expressed his optimistic view that the Tokyo Olympic Games can be held as scheduled. A member of the Japanese Olympic Committee said that the International Olympic committee needs to be more open to possible options for this year’s Olympic Games, and the option of postponing the general assembly to an uncertain time in the future is worth discussing. It’s terrible to have no plan B, the member said. (overseas website Wu Qian)