Olympics Games will go ahead even under state of emergency

The Tokyo Olympics will go ahead even if the city is under a state of emergency due to COVID-19, International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates said on Friday, underscoring the challenges facing organizers of the pandemic-hit Games.

John Coates in virtual meeting

What was said by John Coates in virtual meeting:

I can say it’s now more apparent than ever that these games will be safe for everyone participating and, importantly, safe for the people of Japan. We’ve just successfully seen five sports and how they test events during a state of emergency.

All of the plans that we have in place to protect the safety and security of the athletes and the people of Japan are based around the worst possible circumstances. And so the answer is absolute YES. I imagine there may well be a correlation between some of these percentages and the low percentages of people in Japan who have been vaccinated.

And I’m expecting that as the number of vaccinations increases, there’ll be better polls. Public opinion will improve that. If it doesn’t, then our position is to make sure that we get on with our job. And our job is to protect to ensure these games are safe for all the participants and all of the people of Japan, who might come into contact with the participants.

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