IOC President Bach said at a press conference on the 27th that the IOC is “making every effort” to ensure the holding of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“There are a lot of speculations about the Tokyo Olympics that are currently underway due to the coronavirus pandemic, which hurt athletes from all over the world who are preparing for the game,” Bach said at the press conference.
The work of the IOC is to host the Olympics, not cancel them, and we are working day and night to host a safe Olympic Games, and we will not fuel these speculations.” The IOC is not speculating whether the Tokyo Olympics will be held, but is studying how to hold it.”
Bach pointed out that a large number of international sports events have been held around the world recently, and with the help of relevant epidemic prevention measures, these events have been successfully held.
Therefore, “The Tokyo Olympic Games are not based on wishful thinking, but a solid foundation.” Hosting the Tokyo Olympic Games is not irresponsible.
If we think it’s unsafe to hold the Olympics, we won’t stick to it.”
On the issue of vaccination against the athletes against the novel coronavirus, Bach said that the International Olympic Committee “encourages” as many athletes as possible and has written to 206 member Olympic Committees to contact the governments of their respective countries or regions to discuss vaccination.
However, Bach stressed that medical staff, the elderly, etc. are the priority groups for vaccination, and athletes cannot jump the queue.
Bach also said it was uncertain whether spectators would be allowed to attend the Olympic Games, “Everyone wants a lively crowd at the scene, but safety is the first priority.”