The International Olympic Committee, IOC, has at an extraordinary meeting of the executive committee made a decision about the OLYMPICS after having discussed the different scenarios in relation to the games, which is scheduled to start in Tokyo 24. July.
President Thomas Bach and the rest of the IOC's leadership has been the pressure of national olympic committees and athletes to postpone the big event, as, for example, are seen with the EM in football. But it was not on Sunday that the announcement came.
instead, the executive committee agreed to see the development in coronasmittet the way in the next four weeks, before taking a final decision. It writes to the IOC in a press release.
Herein, explains the IOC that it has listened to the many opinions about the postponement, but that it still considers that not all the pieces of the puzzle are reversed in the situation of coronasmitten, which is changing day by day.
the IOC will, in coordination and cooperation with the organizing committee for Tokyo 2020, the japanese authorities and the Tokyo city government to commence detailed discussions to identify their assessment of the pace of development in the global health situation and its impact on the olympic games - including the scenario, which is called the deferral.
- the IOC is convinced that the discussion is completed within the next four weeks and appreciate the solidarity and cooperation with the national federations and the unions in relation to supporting the athletes and to customize the planning of the games.
It is emphasized, however, that it is a complex size to move such an arrangement, since all the arenas and the hotels need to be booked on, and the calendar for at least the 33 sports to be coordinated on.
they Also make the point that a cancellation is not the case, since it doesn't solve any problems or help anyone.
Conversely, beats president Thomas Bach in a letter to all federations and unions, also made it clear that, ultimately, is about the athletes ' health and safety.
- We have made it our foremost principle to ensure helbredssikkerheden for all involved and to contribute to containing the virus.
- I will therefore assure you that we will keep it in mind in all our decisions relating to the OLYMPICS in Tokyo 2020.
the Games are expected to have the participation of more than 11,000 athletes.
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