IOC fully committed to hosting Tokyo Olympics successfully, says President Thomas Bach

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Wednesday said that speculation about cancellation of the Games is not helpful and that the IOC is working towards delivering a successful event in Tokyo later this year.

UPDATED: January 27, 2021 23:20 IST

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Wednesday said the IOC is fully committed to hosting the Olympic Games in Tokyo later this year successfully and speculation about postponement and cancellation is not helpful.

The Tokyo Games were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the IOC fixed on a new date — July 23 to August 8 for the postponed quadrennial global spectacle.

However, reports emerged earlier this month that the Japanese government privately concluded that the Tokyo Games would be cancelled. The IOC had refuted the reports and said the preparations for the Olympics were happening in full swing.

Thomas Bach reiterated IOC’s commitment on Wednesday, saying the Games would go ahead as scheduled despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Though much of Japan is under a state of emergency because of a third wave of infections, Bach said all stakeholders were committed to pressing ahead as planned with the rescheduled Games, which are due to open on July 23 after being postponed for a year because of the novel coronavirus.

Asked at a virtual news conference after the IOC’s first executive board of the year at what stage it would consider cancelling the Olympics, Bach said he would not “fuel speculation”.

“Our task is to organise Olympic Games and not to cancel Olympic Games. This is why we are working day and night to organise safe Olympic Games,” he said.

“We are not speculating whether the Games will take place. We are working on how the Games will take place.”

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