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Organizers, IOC making an attempt to take away doubts over Tokyo Olympics

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City, authorities, and Tokyo Olympic officers gathered final week within the first of a string of conferences to plan for countermeasures in opposition to COVID-19.

The International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers try to persuade the general public that the postponed Tokyo Olympics will happen subsequent yr regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tokyo organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto stated final week that the video games might go forward and not using a vaccine. This week John Coates, the IOC member who oversees the Tokyo Olympics, stated the video games would occur regardless of the pandemic.

Coates is to look Wednesday in a digital assembly with the IOC government board. He is anticipated to present an upbeat evaluation of Tokyo’s prospects.

Several latest public opinion polls have proven skepticism from the Japanese public and the enterprise group that the video games can go on — or ought to go on.

“We can tell you that the IOC is fully committed to celebrating the games of the 32nd Olympiad next year in Tokyo,” organizing committee spokesman Masa Takaya said Tuesday. ”We have begun formulating the concrete steps we’ll take.”

City, government, and Tokyo Olympic officials gathered last week in the first of a string of meetings to plan for countermeasures against COVID-19.

Panels will make plans to deal with possible quarantines, getting athletes into Japan, COVID-19 testing, measures to keep venues safe, anti-virus measures at the Athletes’ Village and immigration issues. They’ll also consider if fans will be allowed, and if non-Japanese fans will be among them.

The IOC and local organizers have has been saying since the postponement five months ago that the games will open on July 23, 2021. They were taking the same approach in March, just weeks before the Olympics were postponed.

Organizers and the IOC have given few details of how 11,000 Olympic athletes and 4,400 Paralympians will be safe in Tokyo, along with thousands of staff members, and games and technical officials.

Details are not expected until later in the year, or into early 2021.

Organizers have yet to say what the one-year postponement will cost or who will pay — with estimates in the billions of dollars. The University of Oxford is releasing a study this week that shows the Tokyo Olympics are the most expensive in history, examining records since 1960.

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