Senior Olympic official John Coates has reiterated that Tokyo should stage a simplified Summer time Video games subsequent yr with the well being and security of athletes crucial consideration within the planning.
Australian Coates heads up the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Coordination Fee for the Tokyo 2020 Video games, which have been postponed till 2021 due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
“The excellent news is that every one 42 Video games’ venues … have been resecured. The competitors schedule is similar,” the IOC Vice President wrote in Sydney’s Day by day Telegraph on Friday, a day after the one-year countdown to the opening ceremony.
“However we should scale back the associated fee impression of postponement in addition to simplify the Video games to make sure they are often organised effectively, safely and sustainably, on this new context.
“With one yr to go, there isn’t a clear image of what form the simplified Video games will take. The scenario with COVID-19, each domestically and internationally, is consistently altering.”
Coates wrote that setting up counter-measures towards COVID-19 can be no straightforward process however welcomed the highest stage dedication from the Japanese authorities, Tokyo regional authorities and Video games organising committee to get it carried out.
“The IOC and our Japanese companions … are doing every little thing of their energy to make sure that not solely will the Video games go forward subsequent yr, however the athletes stay in the beginning in all our planning,” he added.
“Sure, we wish the athletes of the world to have their Olympic second of competitors, simply as they’d have dreamt. However critically, they need to expertise that second in an surroundings the place their well being and security … is assured.”
Coates can also be President of the Australian Olympic Committee and added that the response of his nation’s athletes to the postponement had been “inspirational”.
“All athletes with a Tokyo dream of their hearts have needed to recalibrate their plans for a Video games … they’ve demonstrated exceptional resilience in making that adjustment,” he wrote.