‘Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, without or with corona’

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The Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed to next year because of the outbreak of the new corona virus, will then continue anyway, says the chief of the Japanese organizing committee. Toshiro Muto tells The Financial Times that this will also be the case if the corona pandemic is not yet averted.

“I don’t know what the status of corona infections will be next summer,” said Muto, “but the chances of the virus becoming a thing of the past are not very high,” Muto said. for people who have to live with Covid-19 “.

Due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, the International Olympic Committee and host Japan decided to postpone the Olympiad planned for this year after a long hesitation in late March. The Games will take place from July 23 to August 8 next year.

A few days ago, Muto said in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Covid-19 “is not a threat that can be quickly extinguished or bypassed.” According to Muto, the upcoming Games like the one in Tokyo over the next year under these conditions could become a model for other global events and sporting events. “That would really be a legacy of Tokyo 2020.”

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