The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is scheduled to go ahead in 2021 even if a vaccine is not available, its chief executive Toshiro Muto has announced.
'If a vaccine is ready, that will be a benefit, but we’re not saying we can’t hold the event without it - it’s not a pre-condition,' said Muto.
Muto told BBC reporters on July 23rd that the International Olympic Committee is determined to hold the games next year and is now discussing measures to ensure the safety of its participants, staff and spectators.
These include limitations on the number of spectators and the testing of athletes and IOC staff before/after entering Japan.
Muto also mentioned the possibility of simplifying the ceremonies and reducing the number of delegations and staff from individual countries.
'Strong medical systems around accommodation and transportation plans' are another priority.
'If we’re able to succeed, Tokyo 2020 will leave a legacy as the first major international event held after the pandemic,' he said.
While restrictions are likely to be placed on crowd capacity, there are no plans to reduce the number of athletes or events.
However, with over 130 countries currently banned from entering Japan, the IOC is prepared to make adjustments to the event.
'We don’t know what will happen, but it’s too optimistic to assume all restrictions will be gone so we must think of other ways,' said Muto.
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