The development of a COVID-19 vaccine or treatment would be key to allowing the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games to open in a year’s time, Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games president Yoshiro Mori said yesterday.
Asked what factors would be crucial for the rescheduled Games to go ahead, Mori said that “it would be whether the coronavirus woe is settling down.”
“Specifically, the first point will be that a vaccine or drug has been developed,” he said in an interview with Japan Broadcasting Corp.
Asked whether Tokyo could hold the Games if the virus situation remained unchanged, Mori said: “If things continue as they are now, we couldn’t.”
However, he said that such a scenario was hypothetical.
“I can’t imagine a situation like this will continue for another year,” he added.
The Tokyo Olympic Games should have been opening tomorrow, but they were postponed in March as the virus spread across the globe, marking the worst disruption to an Olympics since two editions were canceled during World War II.
The Games are now set to open on July 23, 2021, but polls have shown less public enthusiasm for hosting the event, as virus cases show a resurgence in Japan.
Just one in four people in Japan want to see the delayed Games held next year, with most backing either further delay or a cancelation, a survey published this week by Kyodo News showed.
Most of those backing a delay or cancelation said they simply did not believe that the pandemic could be contained in time for the Games.
Among the options that have been floated for a Games held during a pandemic is the possibility of limited spectators, or holding the event behind closed doors.
However, reducing the number of spectators would be tough, Mori said, adding that holding the event without any fans was not an option for now.
“If it’s the only way to do it, then it’s something we’d have to consider. If that happens, there might be talk of cancelation,” he was quoted as saying, without elaborating.
With just over a year to go until the rescheduled Games, there are persistent doubts about whether the delay will be sufficient for the pandemic to be brought under control.
Tokyo has seen an increase in cases and the country’s borders remain sealed to overseas visitors.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given