Tokyo Olympics: Another senior IOC official, another ‘question raised’ over Olympics next year

It seems the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials are competing with each other to raise quesitons over the conduct of the Tokyo Olympics next year. In second week in succession, one more high ranked IOC official has created more doubts about the Tokyo Olympics next year.

Questions raised over Tokyo Olympics next year ?

A final decision on whether the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games can go ahead will be made “in the spring” if questions over the coronavirus crisis persist, according to high-ranking IOC member Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant.

These comments came after Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission chairman John Coates warned last month that organisers have “real problems” at hand.

Beckers-Vieujant, the head of the Belgian Olympic Committee, echoed comments from IOC President Thomas Bach that Tokyo 2020 would be cancelled if it cannot be held in 2021.

He said it would be “unthinkable to keep such a project on the go for any longer considering the enormous costs and all the thousands of people involved”.

“We are convinced that the Games will take place in 2021 or they won’t take place,” Beckers-Vieujant, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for Paris 2024, said.

“All the sporting federations have to adapt to the Games’ postponement. “We can’t envisage a similar upheaval a second time.”

Beckers-Vieujant’s timeline for a decision on the staging of the Games, due to open on July 23, comes after Tokyo 2020 vice-president Toshiaki Endo said those involved should wait until at least March before determining the fate of the event.

Tokyo 2020 had previously remained silent on a possible timeframe on a decision, amid concerns the Games may be cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Beckers heads the IOC’s coordinating commission for the 2024 Games and he said he wanted Paris “to be different” to past editions.

“We want to stage Games that are economically responsible, inclusive, sustainable and useful for society. “The IOC’s desire is that the Games adapt to the needs of cities, countries, and vice versa. Paris will be the first edition that will fully fit into this vision.”

“We must fight against gigantism,” he continued. “In Paris, we will return to a budget lower than that of previous editions: 3.8 billion euros for operations and around three billion for all infrastructure.