Tokyo Olympics: After International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates, now President Thomas Bach finds himself at the centre of controversy over a controversial comment. Bach had reiterated the Summer Games will go ahead despite overwhelming public opposition in Japan, where much of the country is under a state of emergency to combat spiralling coronavirus infections.
In comments reported by PTI, Bach said “sacrifices” would be necessary to ensure the games can be held.
While it was unclear whether he included the Japanese public in the remark, stirred the anti-Olympic sentiments after opinion polls have shown a growing majority in favour of cancelling or further postponing the games.
“We have to make some sacrifices to make this possible. The athletes definitely can make their Olympic dreams come true,” Bach said during an online address to the International Hockey Federation congress on Saturday.
The IOC chief touted the vaccination of athletes among a range of measures to ensure “a safe environment” at the games.
Tokyo Olympics: What did IOC Vice President John Coates say?
During an online conference held Friday, senior IOC official John Coates indicated the July 23 to Aug. 8 Olympics would be held even if the Japanese capital remained in a state of emergency.
“The answer is absolutely yes,” Coates, an IOC vice president, said when asked whether the games could be delivered under the emergency.
The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organising bodies formally decided in March to hold this summer’s games without overseas spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Olympics 2032: Indonesia to continue fight for 2032 Olympics hosting rights even as Brisbane makes strides
Meanwhile, although there is uncertainty over Tokyo Olympics, the preparations for Olympics 2032 is already in full swing with potential hosts fighting it out amongst each other to win the race.
For Olympics 2032, among multiple potential host cities, Australia’s Brisbane currently leads with IOC Vice President John Coates endorsing the bid. However, nearest rival Jakarta, Indonesia hasn’t lost hopes and vowed to step up efforts to win the bid with government support. READ FULL STORY
(Note: With Agency Inputs)