Xinhua news agency, Beijing, January 28 (reporter Su bin, Wang Chujie, Ji ye) – in an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency video link on January 28, Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, once again expressed his confidence in the Tokyo Olympic Games as scheduled, while stressing that ensuring safety is the top priority.
After the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021, which is half a year away from the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee proposed that from Tokyo to Beijing, through the “peak to peak” approach, we should seize the opportunities and meet the challenges.
Bach said: “the global attention to the Tokyo Olympics is the first peak, and if you look at the current topic of discussion around the world, it’s higher than ever. Six months before the Tokyo Olympics, the world is talking about it. We can use the attention and evaluation of the Olympic Games to make it a meaningful sign of the current difficult period. “
“We will not see the scene that often happened before, that is, after the closing ceremony of the summer Olympic Games, people’s attention to the Olympic Games has greatly decreased, and people need to pay more attention to the Winter Olympic Games. Now we can maintain a high level of attention and bring it to Beijing. The efforts of the Organizing Committee and the enthusiasm of the Chinese people have convinced me that the summit of the Winter Olympics is at a very high point. “
“The Tokyo Olympics will open on July 23, 2021. What we are discussing now is not whether to hold the Olympic Games, but how to do it. ” Bach said that all the work is in progress. The relevant parties have been working around the issue of ensuring the safety of the Olympic Games for a year, and now they will adjust the plan every day according to the latest situation. “These let us have full confidence in the opening of the Olympic Games at 8 p.m. local time on July 23.”
“Ensuring the safety of the Olympic Games is the first priority. We will take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the Olympic Games. Of course, everyone hopes that the stadium will be fully occupied, and the Olympic spirit and enthusiasm will reach the highest point, but first of all, we should ensure the safety of all participants. ” Bach said.
Speaking of how to welcome the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Bach said: “happy, very happy. And the whole world will share that joy. “
“The Olympic Games have always carried a meaning, a symbol of world unity. When we walk out of this “tunnel” in the Tokyo Olympic Games, it carries more meanings, not only representing unity, but also human unyielding. It will lead people back to social life and make people understand each other better. Billions of people around the world will share this joy. ” Bach said.