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Bach confirmed that the IOC may cancel the Tokyo Olympics if the tournament does not take place in 2021

Bach confirmed that the IOC may cancel the Tokyo Olympics if the tournament does not take place in 2021

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Previously, the Olympics was postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The games are scheduled for July 23 - August 8, 2021, the Paralympics should be held from August 24 to September 5.

“In this matter, we rely on the recommendations of the World Health Organization. We have established one principle: to organize these Games in a safe environment for all participants.

Nobody knows what the world will look like in a year, in two months. So we should rely on experts, and then, based on their advice, make the right decision at the right time, ”Bach said.

The head of the IOC also explained why the Japanese authorities are considering the possibility of hosting the Games no later than next year.

“Frankly, I understand this because you can’t always hire 3-5 thousand people in the organizing committee. You cannot change the entire sports calendar of all major federations every year. You cannot allow athletes to be in a state of uncertainty.

We must be prepared for different scenarios. There is a clear commitment to host these Games in July next year, ”concluded the IOC President.

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