International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga have reaffirmed their commitment that the postponed Olympic Games will be held on schedule in a safe manner.
“Together with our Japanese partners and friends, I can only reiterate the IOC’s full commitment to organizing safe Olympic and Paralympic Games for all,” Bach said before a three-day virtual meeting attended by IOC officials and Olympic organizers in Tokyo, Xinhua reported.
“To achieve this, we are now fully focused on holding the Olympic Games.”
Bach said the IOC would send additional medical staff to help organizers alleviate the shortage of medical staff. He also revealed that at least 75 percent of athletes and participants who remain in the Olympic Village will be vaccinated.
“At this point, as many as 75 percent of the people of the Olympic Village have already been vaccinated or have been vaccinated in time for the Olympics,” Bach said, adding that there were good reasons to believe the figure would be “over 80 percent” at the time. when the Games start.
“The most important principle is very clear, the Olympic Village is a safe place and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be organized in a safe way,” he said.
Suga told a plenary session in the Upper House that his government would continue to prepare for the safe hosting of the Games.
He added that if athletes and people involved in the games take full anti-virus measures, they will be able to participate in the events in peace.
He said officials would consider austerity measures, such as making sure locals do not meet with participants in the games.