TOKYO (AP)-Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee have stated that Friday’s 2020 Games “Plan B” was not open and opened in more than five months and was upset by a virus outbreak in nearby China Was.
The coronavirus has infected nearly 64,000 people worldwide and killed nearly 1,400 people in China, but only one has been spotlighted and the fear has increased in Japan.
“Certainly, the outside advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) is that there are no emergency plans, game cancellations, or game transfers,” said John, head of the IOC inspection team. Coats has increased its two-day visits that have been dominated by virus issues.
Coates and the Tokyo Olympics organizers answered 11 questions at a Friday press conference. All 11 were related to the virus, the presence of Chinese athletes at the 19 remaining test events in Japan, or Chinese fans.
A Japanese reporter asked Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo Organizing Committee, if there was a “organizational change” in the way the game was run, given the fact that the game was in progress.
No, not at this stage. We don’t think about that possibility, “said former Japanese Prime Minister Mori in Japanese.
Mori, Coats, and CEO Toshiro Muto seemed to be sitting at the head table, essentially asking the same questions over and over.
“I can confirm that Tokyo 2020 is on track,” Coates said in an opening address.
Coats was asked by a CNN reporter whether he was 100% convinced that the Tokyo Olympics would be held as scheduled on July 24.
“Yes,” he replied.
Coats talked positively about watching over Chinese athletes carefully and was optimistic about their eventual presence in Tokyo.
“We continue to monitor Chinese, especially here,” said Coates. “Most Chinese teams are outside China. They are athletes and officers.”
He did not provide a specific number.
Others away from the Olympics are unsure what course the virus outbreak will take.
“Frankly, there is no guarantee that the outbreak will end before the Olympics, because there is no scientific basis,” said Shigeru Omi, a former regional director of the WHO and a Japanese infectious disease expert. Said.
“So it makes no sense to predict when it will end,” he added. “It should be assumed that the virus is already spread in Japan. People should understand that border control alone cannot be relied on to prevent control of the disease.”
Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, told the Associated Press by email: “I don’t think anyone can confidently predict the situation at the end of summer so far.”
“A word of caution,” he added. “Influenza is considered a winter infection in the Northern Hemisphere. However, cases were seen in the summer months when a new strain (pandemic strain or swine flu) was encountered between 2009 and 2010 . “
It’s not particularly good news to hear a lot of talk about hot and humid Tokyo summers damaging the virus.
The AP requested, but declined, an interview with Dr. Richard Budget, IOC’s director of medicine and science in Tokyo for the meeting.
The dynamic growth of the Olympics makes schedule changes difficult.
About 73% of the IOC’s $ 5.7 billion revenue over the four-year Olympic cycle comes from broadcast rights from networks such as NBC and NHK in Japan. Bringing the Olympics back two months in North America will collide with full versions of sports broadcasts such as the NFL, NBA, baseball, and college football.
Advertisers are also looking to spend, given the millions of tickets sold, flights and hotels booked, and the $ 3 billion local sponsorship sold in Japan.
A reporter from China’s news agency Xinhua said that Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, a major Olympic sponsor, was free to enter the Olympics despite one of the two states most severely affected. A virus that asked if I could participate.
“Depending on where he takes vacation before coming here,” said Coates. Broke one of the few jokes of the night. “Everyone must comply with the rules of the Japanese (immigration) authorities.”