The Olympics and Paralympics were held in front of “a few spectators” because of Covid-19, said Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto.

Muto told the organizers of Broad Sport that they would “do their best to open the festival” on July 23, 2021.

The International Olympic Committee does not want to postpone any other games until 2022.

“Everyone should focus on hosting the event next year – we’re on that page,” Muto said.

“We have discussed this with Mr [Thomas] Bach [IOC president] and he says it is wrong to think about canceling or resigning again.”

Games have already been postponed for a year due to Covid-19 and with more than 660,000 people killed worldwide during this time of violence, Muto admits they are likely to perform categories without large crowds.

Asked if it was possible for the Olympics to be held without spectators, Muto replied: “Mr Bach is not looking at the situation.

“You probably think of the limited number of viewers who fully consider the distribution in the community.”

‘Tokyo 2020 will leave legacy’

The Games, still known as Tokyo 2020, are scheduled to take place between July 23 and August 8, 2021, with the Paralympics from August 24 to September 5.

Health experts have cast doubt on whether they could be caught without injections or active drugs to treat Covid-19.

“Once the vaccine is ready, that will be a benefit, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hold the event without it – it’s not a condition,” Muto said.

“We need to create a place where people feel safe. Athletes and the IOC family may need to be tested before / after entering Japan and [we need] solid medical strategies around living arrangements.

“More than 130 countries have been banned from entering the country. We don’t know what will happen, but we have high hopes that all the restrictions will go so we have to think of alternatives. ”

Muto said the options included reducing the number of staff and the international team as well as ‘simplifying’ opening and closing ceremonies, although there were no plans to reduce the number of events or athletes.

“If we can succeed, Tokyo 2020 will leave a legacy as the first major event held after the epidemic,” he added.

“It will be a new Olympic Chapter and will be remembered as the first Olympics to be held during the coronavirus. That is our strong desire.”


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