IOC chief calls 2021 Tokyo Olympics historic

TOKYO, December 17. /TASS/. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), believes that the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 will be recognized as historic, and the Japanese side is now making every possible effort to prepare for them in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. He said this in an interview published on Thursday by the Nikkei newspaper.

“I have always said that Tokyo is the most prepared city in the history of the Olympic Games. And I’m always careful when I use the word “historic,” but this “Olympics” will be historic,” Bach said. According to him, there can be no doubt that the Games in Tokyo, if held, “will be inscribed not only in the Olympic but also in world history.”

The IOC President praised Japan’s preparations for the Games, as well as various measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. He said the Japanese government was “looking to the future and trying to solve problems before they arise.” Bach also expressed confidence that before the Olympics the situation with coronavirus will change, although in a number of countries it is now difficult.

The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020. Due to the pandemic, the competition was postponed for a year and will now take place between July 23 and August 8, 2021. At the same time, the name of the Tokyo 2020 Games has been preserved.

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are set to spend about 100 billion yen ($960 million) on measures to counter coronavirus. The costs will include the purchase of additional medical equipment and the organization of the testing system. The Government of Japan is expected to allocate most of this amount.

In addition to the head of state, the ban applies to all Russian government: ministers and their deputies, the prime minister and his deputies, as well as deputies of the State Duma. In addition, the heads and deputies of state organizations, the entire presidential administration and employees of the Investigative Committee of Russia cannot be present at the competitions.

However, the ban provides exceptions. A person on the stop list may attend the competition if he is personally invited by the President or Prime Minister of the country in which the tournament will be held, as well as if he is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). In addition, the ban does not apply to athletes and members of their teams.