International Olympic Committee President Bach said at a news conference on the 27th that the International Olympic Committee is “going all out” to ensure the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Bach said at the press conference that influenced by COVID-19, there are many conjectures about the Tokyo Olympic Games, which hurt all the athletes who are preparing for war. “The job of the International Olympic Committee is to host the Olympic Games, not to cancel them. We are working day and night to host a safe Olympic Games and will not encourage these speculations.” “The International Olympic Committee is not guessing whether the Tokyo Olympic Games will be held, but studying how to hold them.”
Bach pointed out that recently, a large number of international sports events have been held all over the world. With the help of relevant epidemic prevention measures, these events have been successfully held. Therefore, “hosting the Tokyo Olympic Games is not based on wishful thinking, it has a solid foundation.” “Hosting the Tokyo Olympics is not irresponsible. If we don’t think it’s safe to hold the Olympics, we won’t stick to it. “
On the issue of vaccinating athletes, Bach said that the International Olympic Committee “encourages” as many athletes as possible to be vaccinated, and has written to 206 member Olympic committees, asking them to contact the governments of their respective countries or regions to discuss vaccination. However, Bach stressed that medical staff and the elderly are the priority groups for vaccination, and athletes cannot jump in the queue.
Bach also said that it is not sure whether the audience will be allowed to watch the Olympic Games, “everyone hopes there will be a lively crowd at the scene of the game, but safety is the first priority.” (head office reporter Yi Xin)