Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted that postponing the Tokyo Olympics is an option, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said Monday in front of parliament that postponing the Olympic Games could become an option if organizing the competition in its full form becomes impossible.
“If that becomes difficult, we may have no choice but to consider postponing the games, taking into account the Olympic principle of putting athletes’ health first,” he said.
At the same time, Abe ruled out the possibility of canceling the games.
Because the organizers and the IOC have insisted that the Olympic Games be held this summer, the international pressure on the postponement of the Tokyo competition has increased in recent days. Canada was the first country to announce that it would boycott the Tokyo Olympics if this competition is scheduled for July 24 – August 9.
The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committee have asked organizers and the World Health Organization to postpone one year of the OJ because of the coronavirus pandemic, which killed nearly 15,000 people worldwide and sickened more than 300,000 people.
“We offer them all the support to help them get through all the complexity that game reprogramming entails. While we recognize the inherent complexity around a deferral, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community,” he said. Canadian forum.
While Canada says it will not send its delegation to Tokyo, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has stated that athletes should prepare for one year’s postponement of the games.
“The AOC believes that our athletes must now give priority to their own health and those around them and to be able to return to their families, in discussion with the national federations,” the AOC said.
Several national federations, including the US athletics and swimming forums, the athletics in Spain and the United Kingdom, have called for the postponement of the OJ.
The International Olympic Committee has announced that it will decide in the next four weeks whether to postpone the OJ in Tokyo, in the context of problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to sportsmen, IOC President Thomas Bach said that the forum looks at different “scenarios” for the Olympics, including the postponement of the competition.
“Together with everyone involved, we have started detailed discussions today to complete our assessment of the rapid evolution of the health situation worldwide and its impact on the Olympics, including a postponement scenario. We are working hard and are confident that the discussions will be completed within the next four weeks, “Bach noted.
On Sunday, Reuters wrote that the Tokyo Olympics organizers discretely prepare scenarios for postponing the summer competition, due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite optimistic assurances from the Japanese government that the races will take place within the initially set period, July 24 – 9 August.
Among the scenarios analyzed there is the possibility of the OJ running without spectators. Delays of one or two years are also taken into account. However, several members of the Organizing Committee hope that the games will be held with a delay of one, one and a half months.