Masa Takaya, the spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics, mentioned organisers are continuing beneath the idea the Olympics will open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics comply with on Aug 24.
These dates have been set final month by the Worldwide Olympic Committee and Japanese officers after the coronavirus pandemic made it clear the Tokyo Video games couldn’t be held as scheduled this yr.
“We are working toward the new goal,” Takaya mentioned, talking in English on a teleconference name with reporters. “We don’t have a ‘B’ Plan.”
The severity of the pandemic and the loss of life toll has raised questions if it’s going to even be possible to carry the Olympics in simply over 15 months.
“All I can tell you today is that the new games’ dates for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been just set up,” Takaya mentioned. “In that respect, Tokyo 2020 and all parties concerned now are doing their very best effort to deliver the games next year.”
IOC president Thomas Bach was requested about the opportunity of a postponement in an interview printed within the German newspaper Die Welt on Sunday.
He didn’t reply the query straight, however mentioned later that Japanese organisers and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated they may not handle a postponement past subsequent summer season on the newest.
The Olympics draw 11,000 athletes and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and enormous assist staffs from 206 nationwide Olympic committees.
There are additionally questions on frozen journey, rebooking accommodations, cramming followers into stadiums and arenas, securing venues and the large prices of rescheduling.
Tokyo organising committee CEO Toshiro Muto addressed the difficulty in a information convention on Friday. He’s more likely to be requested about it once more on Thursday when native organisers and the IOC maintain a teleconference with media in Japan.