Tokyo, January 4 Japanese Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita said on the 4th that the format of the Tokyo Olympic Games will change and there may be no spectators, but they will do their best to let athletes from all over the world come to Tokyo.
On the 200-day countdown to the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Tokyo News published an exclusive interview with Yasuhiro Yamashita.
Asked about the low support for the Olympic Games in the polls in Japan, he said: “In the current situation, it is natural for people to feel anxious.
Tokyo cannot hold an Olympic Games like London and Rio. The format of the Olympic Games will change. There may be no audience and there may be no interaction between athletes and the public.
“No matter what happens, we will try our best to bring athletes from all over the world to Tokyo in a flexible way, bringing hope and light to the world,” said the judo champion of the 1984 Olympics.
He also said that from the perspective of the next five or ten years, the Tokyo Olympics will add points to Japan, because it brings courage to the world.
Yasuhiro Yamashita is a legendary star in Japan.
In 1980, he missed the Moscow Olympics because of the Japanese boycott. Four years later, he won the championship in Los Angeles as he wished.
Yasuhiro Yamashita, who took office as president of the Japanese Olympic Committee in 2019, has a unique understanding of the Olympic Games, sports and life.
He said that he was a problem teenager who liked to bully others, but judo changed himself. He said, “Judo is not to win or lose. It is time to play fairly, respect your opponents, and learn to rise from defeat.
Victory is not to win an opponent, but to win life.”
Yamashita believes that although he values the Olympics, the Olympics and competitions are not the only value of sports.” Judo founder, Kanajigoro, is committed to human resource development and human education, so we should return to the originality.” He believes that parents don’t care about winning or losing their children in sports, but mainly aim at “physical and mental health, politeness and making friends”.
He also said: “The opportunity of the Tokyo Olympics should be seized to link sports with daily life.
We will not be saddened by making some mistakes. We should think from the perspective of others and turn society into a society that is connected with each other.”