There won’t be any further postponement of Tokyo Olympics if coronavirus isn’t brought under control by next year, the Games president Yoshiro Mori has said. Also Read - Entry Regulated Due to Restrictions: DMRC on Long Ques Seen Outside Most Metro Stations
Tokyo 2020 have already been delayed by a year following widespread pressure from athletes and national federations in the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic that has left over 2,00,000 dead worldwide. Also Read - Delta Variant: Pfizer Says Its Vaccine Highly Effective Against New Variant of Coronavirus
When asked if there’s a possibility of Tokyo Olympics being postponed any further should the need arise, Mori replied, “No. In that case, it’s cancelled.” Also Read - Vistara Announces 48-hour Monsoon SALE For All 3 Classes. Booking Starts Midnight of June 24 | Check Details
Questions are being raised whether postponement by a year would be enough to hold an event of such magnitude which draws participants and fans from across the globe.
The head of Japan Medical Association Yoshitake Yokokura has already said that while it’s not impossible to hold the quadrennial showpiece event next year, it will be an “exceedingly difficult” task unless a vaccine has been developed.
“Unless an effective vaccine is developed I think it will be difficult to hold the Olympics next year,” Yokokura told reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday. “I’m not saying at this point that they shouldn’t be held. The outbreak is not only confined to Japan … it’s a worldwide issue.”
Yokokura isn’t alone in his pessimism. Kentaro Iwata, a specialist in infectious diseases, is also unsure whether Olympics will be held in 2021.
“To be honest with you, I don’t think the Olympics is likely to be held next year,” Iwata, a professor at Kobe University, said. “Holding the Olympics needs two conditions; one, controlling Covid-19 in Japan, and controlling Covid-19 everywhere.”
Meanwhile, Mori has expressed hopes that the Olympics will be held “in peace next summer” and added, “Mankind is betting on it.”