icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm
21 May, 2020 11:22

‘You can't forever employ 5,000 people’: IOC head Thomas Bach admits Tokyo Olympics will be CANCELLED if not held in 2021

‘You can't forever employ 5,000 people’: IOC head Thomas Bach admits Tokyo Olympics will be CANCELLED if not held in 2021

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has acknowledged that the Tokyo Games would have to be cancelled if Covid-19 remains a threat next year

The high-ranking official admitted that it’s impossible to constantly reschedule all major sports events and keep athletes, sports federations and thousands of employees in a state of uncertainty.

READ MORE: The show must go on: IOC says delayed Tokyo Olympics going ahead in 2021 is NOT dependent on Covid-19 vaccine

Quite frankly, I have some understanding for this, because you can't forever employ 3,000 or 5,000 people in an organizing committee,” Bach told the BBC.

You can't every year change the entire sports schedule worldwide of all the major federations. You can't have the athletes being in uncertainty.”

The 2020 Tokyo Games, which were set to take place this summer, were rescheduled for 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has swept across the world and affected all sports events, which have been either cancelled or postponed.

Bach stressed that the final decision regarding the Tokyo Olympics will only be taken after consultations with all the parties interested in hosting a safe competition.

Also on rt.com No more delays: Postponed Tokyo Olympics to be CANCELLED if coronavirus not under control by 2021, organizing committee head says

But when it then would come to the decision... I would ask you to give me some more time for consultation with the athletes, with the World Health Organization, with the Japanese partners.”