International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach says the Tokyo Games would have to be scrapped if the event cannot be held next year due to the Covid-19 crisis.

In March, the IOC and Japanese government
took the unprecedented decision to delay the Games, which had been due
to start in July, for a year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

However, Japanese Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe has said the multi-sports event cannot take place in
2021 unless the virus is contained and Bach said he understood his

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 17,100 people in Japan, causing 797 deaths.

“Quite frankly, I have some understanding for
this, because you can’t forever employ 3,000 or 5,000 people in an
Organising Committee,” Bach told the BBC.

“You can’t every year
change the entire sports schedule worldwide of all the major
federations. You can’t have the athletes being in uncertainty.”

Bach said the IOC was
committed to holding the Games next year though it had to be prepared
for various scenarios including quarantining athletes.

“What could this mean for the life in an Olympic Village?” he said.

“All these different
scenarios are under consideration and this is why I’m saying it’s a
mammoth task, because there are so many different options that it’s not
easy to address them [now].

“When we have a clear view on how the world will look on July 23, 2021, then (we will) take the appropriate decisions.”


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