International Olympic Committee member John Coates comments come after the president of the Japan Medical Association, a powerful physicians’ lobby, said yesterday it would be “difficult” for Japan to host the already postponed Games in 2021 without an effective Covid-19 vaccine.
Australian Coates, the head of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for
the Olympics, said JMA president Yoshitake Yokokura’s comment was an
“But the advice we’re getting from WHO says we should continue to
plan for this date and that is what we’re doing, and that’s not
contingent on a vaccine,” Coates said.
“A vaccine would be nice.
“But we will just continue to be guided, as we must be, by WHO and
the Japanese health authorities because in all of this, the health and
wellbeing of the athletes and other participants in the Games is the
number one priority.”
The Games, originally set to start in July this year, have been rescheduled for 2021, to be held over July 23 to Aug. 8.
Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said in an interview that the Games would be “scrapped” if they could not take place in 2021.