TOKYO (AP) – Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics reiterated their message Thursday at the start of a two-day meeting with the International Olympic Committee: The 2021 Games will not be tolerated by an infected virus from neighboring China.
“I want to clarify again that we are not considering canceling or stopping games. Speaking through an interpreter, some of the top IOC officials gathered in Tokyo, said Yoshiro Mori, president of the organizing committee.
The Olympics open in just five months, and the torch relay will begin in Japan next month – with clear signal games coming to a close.
Japan on Thursday reported the first death from the coronavirus, a development that would tamper with organizers and IOC officials. Japan has confirmed about 250 cases, including 218 on cruise ships, which were detached at the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo.
This time sitting among the IOC officials was Dr. Richard Budget, Director of IOC’s Treatment and Scientific, who did not always visit the visit.
Last week, Tokyo Organizing Committee CEO Toshiro Muto said he was “seriously worried that the spread of the infectious disorder could throw cool water on the momentum toward games.”
He failed a day later and said he was confident the games would go ahead, which is the message this time
On Wednesday, the virus forced the virus to unilaterally cancel a Formula One race set for April, which put more than 1 million on Race Weekend.
The Hong Kong and Singapore rounds of the World Rugby Sevens series were rescheduled from Thursday to April to October, with organizers saying the decision was made in response to “continuing health concerns” regarding the outbreak of the virus. Also, the Sport Accord Conference, a show of close ties to the Olympic movement, will not be held in Beijing in April, organizers said Thursday.
The virus also wiped out almost all of China’s sports, including indoor World Track and Field Championships, golf tournaments, soccer matches and Olympic qualifying events in Nanjing. This is preventing Chinese athletes from traveling to qualify, which could jeopardize their presence in Tokyo.
Former Olympian and Olympic Village’s so-called mayor Saburo Kababuchi, who will have 5 athletes and thousands of other staff, suggested that Tokyo’s hot and humid summer would stop the virus.
“The biggest concern is coronavirus and infection,” he said in Japanese. “We currently have no indication as to when this issue will be resolved. Based on various pieces of information we find, the virus does not seem to be as powerful as the influenza virus. Virus sensitive to moisture and heat. In Japan, we have a monsoon that can defeat the virus. “
IOC member John Coyotes, who heads a regular visit to Tokyo, said that “he will receive reports of viruses from the Japanese government, the Tokyo city government and local organizers to see if necessary precautions are being taken.”