Participation for Tokyo to go as planned

Sports Desk

BEIJING: Tokyo 2020 organizers are working with the IOC and other relevant organizations towards a successful Games despite the COVID-19 epidemic and “the rest is speculation”, an IOC spokesperson told Xinhua through e-mail.
The e-mail follows former IOC vice-president Dick Pound’s assertion in an interview with Associated Press that organizers are facing a three-month window to decide the fate of the Games, and speculation of a possible cancelation should the virus continue to spread.
“Dick Pound explains very well that the IOC continues to work towards a successful 2020 Olympic Games beginning at the end of July. The IOC has just reiterated that preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games continue as planned,” the spokesperson said. The spokesperson also emphasized the importance of containing the disease and expressed confidence in the relevant authorities. “Countermeasures against infectious diseases constitute an important part of Tokyo 2020’s plans to host a safe and secure Games. Tokyo 2020 will continue to collaborate with all relevant organizations which carefully monitor any incidence of infectious diseases and will review any countermeasures that may be necessary with all relevant organizations,” the spokesperson noted.