Indications have emerged that air of uncertainties surrounding hosting of games ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics rescheduled for next year.
The developments became evident after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the games disagreed that hosting the games hinges on the development of a vaccine to prevent contracting COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, it will be impossible to host games next year unless the Coronavirus pandemic is contained while an executive member of the IOC, John Coates, said that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics games are not dependent on the availability of a vaccine.
AiT.live reports that with the epidemic’s worldwide infection rate climbing and experts suggesting a vaccine is still a long way off, questions are being asked about whether the huge set piece event might need to be delayed further.
Coates, the head of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Olympics, said the advice from the World Health Organisation is to continue to plan for this date.
He also said that the IOC is committed to hosting the games next year with the wellbeing of everyone a priority.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics games, originally set to start in July this year, have been rescheduled for 2021, to be held over July 23 to August 8.
AiT.live observed that the delay was a major blow for Japan, which has spent $13 billion on preparations.
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