Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, speaks at the opening ceremony of the IOC session at the Royal Opera House in London on Monday, July 23, 2012. (AP Photo / Lefteris Pitarakis)
The London-Tokyo Olympics should continue because there is no major health risk, says Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics and a member of the International Olympic Committee.
“They’re moving forward and they need to move forward,” Coe told Acesparks on Thursday.
As Kovid cases continue to grow in Japan and many other countries, about 10,500 athletes are preparing to fly to Japan to compete in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
Japanese Emperor Naruhito expressed concern last week that the virus could spread during the Games.
“The Emperor is very concerned about the current state of coronavirus infections,” Yasuhiko Nishimura, senior manager of the Imperial Living Agency, told a news conference. According to The Guardian.
“Given the concerns of the public, he seems to be concerned about whether this measure will lead to the spread of infectious diseases,” Nishimura added.
But Coe said he was “not sure there is a big risk involved” and that “I don’t think anything that has happened in the last 40 or 50 years has been so thoughtful about protecting key assets.” , he said. athletes in our case, but crucial is the protection of the local communities that host our events. ”
The former Olympic athlete, who has won four gold medals for the UK in the mid-distance races, has admitted that if the Games continue, it will not be the usual job for the athletes.
“There won’t be karaoke bars or tours around the Imperial Palace,” he said.
“If, unfortunately, for some reason we have athletes who show positive results after they arrive in Tokyo – because they are tested before and during the descent – then you know, we’ve almost got field hospital ratios. Control,” he said. he said.
About 70 percent of athletes get just “one shot” to compete in the Olympics in their careers, Coe said, which is an emotional statistic for him right now.
He noted that last year, World Athletics hosted hundreds of events and two World Championships, and “none of our events were supercasses.”
To date, Japan has reported more than 800,000 cases and 14,750 deaths from coronavirus. The number of new infections in Tokyo rose to 714 on Wednesday, the highest in a month.
On Thursday, the World Health Organization said the postponement of the Euro 2020 football tournament had contributed to the rise in coronavirus infection in Europe.
The World Health Organization says a 10-week decline in new coronavirus infections on the continent has come to an end, and a new wave of infections is inevitable if football fans and others take care of themselves.
Last week, new cases in Euro 2020 host cities grew by 10 per cent as crowds rallied following a reduction in travel and social restrictions, the WHO said.
“We need to look beyond more than just stadiums,” Catherine Smallwood, WHO’s senior emergency officer, told reporters.
“We need to look at how people get there, whether they walk in big cars on buses? And when they leave the stadiums, they go into crowded bars and pubs to watch the games,” he added.
“It was these constant intermittent events that led to the spread of the virus,” Smallwood said.
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