The International Olympic Committee (IOC) seeks that, if available, participants and attendees to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are vaccinated against covid-19, said the president of the organization today, Thomas Bach.
Bach referred to the issue in the first working day of a visit to Tokyo, which will close this Wednesday, in order to get together with local authorities and review the plans for the Olympic competitions that are planned start next July 23. If the covid-19 vaccine is available, the IOC will make efforts to are vaccinated the participants and visitors before arriving in Japan, declared Bach to journalists after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
The JJ.OO. from Tokyo 2020 were postponed for a year when the coronavirus pandemic began to spread, but the spread of covid-19 is maintained and even in Japan has been noticed a rebound of infected in the last days. To date, some 118,000 people have been infected in Japan by the new coronavirus, with 1,885 deaths, since the first case, which was reported on January 16, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
Both Suga and Bach confirmed the intention of keep unchanged the revised dates for the Olympic competitions, but at the same time working to make them as safe as possible for athletes and spectators.
The Japanese Government and the IOC are working on the premise that the Olympic events will be held with Spectators in the stands regardless of whether limits are set on the number of visitors to stadiums.