Tokyo: The rearranged Tokyo Games should be held “at any cost” in 2021, Japan`s Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto mentioned on Tuesday.
Speaking at a information convention, Hashimoto mentioned the Games needs to be held for the advantage of the athletes, whatever the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Japanese authorities and the International Olympic Committee took the unprecedented resolution in March to postpone the Games, initially scheduled to start in July, till 2021 due to the virus.
“Everyone involved with the Games is working together to prepare, and the athletes are also making considerable efforts towards next year,” Hashimoto mentioned throughout a information convention.
“I think we have to hold the Games at any cost,” she added.
“I want to concentrate all our efforts on measures against the coronavirus.”
Officials from the Japanese authorities, native Tokyo authorities and the Olympics organising committee met for the primary time final week to develop steps to counter the coronavirus on the Games.
In an interview with Reuters in July, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto mentioned organisers have been making ready to host the Games subsequent 12 months even when the worldwide coronavirus pandemic hasn`t eased considerably.
Organisers are taking a look at over 200 proposals on how finest to take care of the virus, together with easing journey restrictions for international athletes, anti-virus measures on the Athletes` Village and find out how to deal with spectators.
During his common press briefing on Tuesday, Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya was not as bullish as Hashimoto about subsequent 12 months`s Games however mentioned issues have been shifting in the fitting path.
“Organisers were encouraged that sports events were being held successfully around the world in recent months and that there was the possibility of more fans being allowed into stadiums for Japanese baseball and soccer games”, he mentioned.
“This has been a big, big encouragement for the staff members of Tokyo 2020,” added Takaya.
“We feel that is another step towards … where we can see sports in action in our society.”