For the first time, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, acknowledged that if the Tokyo Games are not held next year, they will be canceled.
“You cannot forever employ three or five thousand people on an organizing committee. You cannot keep athletes in uncertainty,” Bach replied in an interview with the BBC.
“You cannot change every year the entire sports calendar around the world of the main federations. You cannot have so much overlap with the future of the Olympic Games. We have to be prepared for different scenarios.
“There is a clear commitment to having these Games in July next year,” was the series of responses from the leader regarding the possibilities of canceling Tokyo 2020.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Olympic Games were rescheduled from July 23 to August 8, 2021, and the Paralympic Games will be held from August 24 to September 5.
However, the current situation of the epidemic continues to worry, because there are more than five million cases of coronavirus and 330 thousand deaths reported since the outbreak began.
The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee has said they don’t have a backup plan after the jousting was postponed for 12 months due to the Covid-19 crisis.
In the extensive interview with the BBC, the leader of the world Olympism said that he hopes that the first postponed Games in history could be “unique” and that they could send “a message of solidarity among everyone, being together for the first time again, and celebrating the triumph over the coronavirus. “
Later, the organization of the Tokyo 2020 said that it is confident that the Games can be held next year and not reach cancellation.
CORONAVIRUS A DAY
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Alejandro Blanco, president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), encouraged athletes to go day by day in the face of the uncertainty generated by the coronavirus health crisis, although he called to ignore rumors that the Tokyo Olympics will take place in 2022.
“Just think of July 23, 2021, do not listen to rumors or opinions. Today there was a news that a member of the Organizing Committee has said that they are planning 2022. The President of the IOC has made some demonstrations saying that they are in 2021. We will trust the doctors, the researchers and that the coronavirus is fully controlled, “he said.
“What does the future look like? We don’t know. The first problem is knowing when the alarm state ends and that all athletes can train. And then knowing when you can compete abroad and when you can meet the schedules of the International federations. We also depend on the organizing countries there. My advice to athletes is to go day by day. Mental training is very important, “he said.
Blanco moderated a talk with Olympic athletes organized by the presiding body and there he also referred to the international movement to compete: “One of the conditions that are being put when countries want to organize pre-Olympics or qualifying tournaments is that all athletes from different countries. “
“I would not say international tournaments as much, although I know that the federations insist on it, but in the pre-Olympics, if tomorrow there is a tournament for some sport and athletes from 30 or 40 countries cannot enter, we would have it very complicated. It is the first thing to solve to retake the international calendars, “he completed.
With the Tokyo 2020 board indicating 14 months for the opening of the Olympic Games, Mexican sport faces a challenge, with the proposal of the disappearance of federal trusts, which includes the High Performance Sports Fund, known as Fodepar.
If the trust extinction initiative presented by the Morena parliamentary group is approved, high-performance scholarships, life annuities and support for athletes would be in limbo, due to current regulations that make it impossible for Conade to directly allocate those resources.
The disappearance of the trust, eliminates it from the General Law of Physical Culture and Sport. Fodepar’s shares will be transferred to Conade, but with the brakes previously exposed.
The president of Mexico’s Olympic Medalists, Daniel Aceves, will request the Houses of Deputies and Senators to reconsider the elimination of Fodepar.
“We are going to ask the legislative bodies for a reconsideration so that the Fodepar maintains its trust status through article 94 of the General Law of Physical Culture and Sport, also that it have additional resources to implement programs that prior to the return to classes are given as part of the basic post-Covid principles that our country requires, “declared the Olympic medalist.
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