Japanese Toshiro muto, head of the organizing Committee of the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, acknowledged that there is no guarantee that the summer Olympics will be held in 2021 due to the global pandemic coronavirus COVID-19.
In March, amid intense pressure the IOC and the government of Japan agreed to extend the Olympic and Paralympic games 2020 the following summer. But, due to the fact that the crisis in health almost unabated, there are concerns about the conduct of major sporting events and in 2021.
Muto told reporters: “I don’t think someone will be able to tell if it would be possible to bring the situation under control by July of next year or not. We are not able to give you a clear answer.
We have decided to postpone the Game for one year. This means that all we can do is to work hard to prepare for the Games. We sincerely hope that humanity can overcome the crisis of the coronavirus.
Instead of thinking about alternative plans, we must make every effort. Humanity must unite all their technology and wisdom to be able to develop treatments, medicines and vaccines”.
Muto said it was too early to talk about the losses due to shear terms, which, according to estimates by the Japanese media, in the range of 2-6 billion dollars, and who will be responsible for these costs. He also said that the organizers of the Olympic games in Tokyo received the insurance policies due to the delay.