As the coronavirus spreads in Japan, the chief govt of the Tokyo Games mentioned Friday he cannot assure the postponed Olympics shall be staged subsequent yr even with a 16-month delay.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued an emergency declaration this week to battle the virus, placing the nation beneath restrictions after it appeared it had prevented the unfold.
I do not suppose anybody would be capable to say if it’ll be doable to get it beneath management by subsequent July or not,” Tokyo organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said, speaking through an interpreter at a news conference conducted remotely.
We’re certainly are not in a position to give you a clear answer.” The Olympics have been postponed final month with a brand new opening set for July 23, 2021, adopted by the Paralympics on Aug. 24.
Abe has been criticized for being sluggish to behave towards the coronavirus. Opposition political leaders have prompt he downplayed the severity of the virus and have mentioned it could have been tied to wanting to carry the Olympics this yr.
We have made the choice to postpone the video games by one yr,” Muto added.
So this means that all we can do is work hard to prepare for the games. We sincerely hope that come next year mankind will manage to overcome the coronavirus crisis. Muto was asked if there are alternative plans to 2021.
Rather than think about alternatives plans, we should put in all of our effort, he said.
Mankind should bring together all of its technology and wisdom to work hard so they can development treatments, medicines and vaccines. Japan has reported about 5,000 cases and 100 deaths. The country has the world’s oldest population, and COVID-19 can be especially serious for the elderly.
Muto was asked several times about the added costs of postponing, which has been estimated by Japanese media at between $2 billion-$6 billion. He said it was too soon to know the price tag and who would pay.
He also acknowledged that Tokyo Olympic organizers had taken out insurance.
Tokyo 2020 has taken out several insurance policies,” he mentioned.
But whether or not the postponement of the video games qualifies as an occasion that’s coated isn’t clear but.”
He was also asked about the Olympic flame, which was taken off public display this week in Fukushima prefecture. Muto had an away-from-the-microphone talk with Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya before talking about the flame.
After the Olympic torch relay was canceled, the Olympic flame was put under the management of Tokyo 2020,” Muto mentioned.
Obviously sooner or later there’s a chance it is perhaps placed on show someplace. However, for now it’s beneath the administration of Tokyo 2020 and I’m not going to make any additional touch upon the difficulty.”
There are recommendations the International Olympic Committee is considering of taking the flame on a world tour, hoping to make use of it as an emblem of the battle towards the virus.
However, any tour can be not possible till journey restrictions are lifted.
Taking the flame away from Japan may additionally upset the hosts.