Transport Online – Coates: Games will continue, with or without Covid-19


TOKYO – The Tokyo Olympics will continue next year anyway, even if the corona virus is still circulating around the world. That is the firm belief of John Coates, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and also head of the Tokyo Games Coordination Commission. “The Games are going on, with or without Covid. They will start on July 23 next year,” Coates said in a telephone interview with French news agency AFP.

In May, the 70-year-old Australian was still gloomy. Coates said at the time: “We have a real problem, because athletes from 206 countries are coming to the Games. We have to assume that there will be no vaccine by then. Or at least not enough to share with the whole world. ”

Now Coates is a lot more positive. “The Japanese see it as the Games of the reconstruction, after the devastating tsunami in 2011. It is now also very much the Games that defeated the coronavirus, the light at the end of the tunnel,” said the Australian.

It is still unclear what the global sports event will look like. The Japanese hope to welcome fans as well as the athletes, but there is also a chance that the Games will be without an audience. Japan sets strict requirements for foreigners who want to enter the country.


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