LAUSANNE, Switzerland – In uncertainty over planning for the Tokyo Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday that advances in vaccines and rapid tests for COVID-19 would not be the complete solution for organize the reprogrammed games.
“They will not be the silver bullet, but they can greatly facilitate the organization of the games,” Bach said at a press conference after a meeting of the board of directors of the International Olympic Committee.
While the Japanese public has been skeptical of July 23-August. Eight matches ahead, Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto said this week: “I think we have to organize them no matter what.”
Bach declined to speculate on Wednesday that the Tokyo Olympics will be held without fans at the venues, as it has become the global reality of sport in 2020.
“We don’t know what the world will be like tomorrow,” Bach said. “So how can you expect us to know what the world will be like 320 days from today?”
He asked the athletes to accept any requests made to them while traveling and staying in Japan next year.
“No one can just look at themselves and say ‘I don’t want this’ or ‘I don’t think it’s fair’. You have to show solidarity there to fight the virus, ”Bach said. “If you need quarantine to ensure a safe environment for all game participants, then you need to go into quarantine.”