Around “50 to 60” items aimed at simplifying the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are set to be approved in the coming weeks, according to Organizing Committee chief executive Toshirō Mutō. Speaking after the latest meeting of the Tokyo Olympic Executive Board today, Mutō said he expects an agreement on the items that will be reached following discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission on September 24 and 25.
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The measures – which target reducing costs and ensuring the safety of athletes and spectators – including the number of people involved in the Games, infrastructure, and Ceremonies, Mutō added. The Tokyo Olympic chief admitted the exact cost of the items would not be available until December.
“We imagine to have an agreement on the substances, but the ballpark number on the reduction won’t be obtainable immediately because we need to thoroughly inspect the numbers,” Mutō supposed.
Mutō also said not to expect a decision on if or how spectators will be able to attend the Olympics and Paralympics, pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, by the end of the year. Organizers have repeatedly stressed that they are including crowds in their planning for the rescheduled Games, but leading officials from both the IOC and Tokyo Olympic have acknowledged holding events without spectators is a possibility. How fans can attend the Games is set to be the main subject of a meeting of a panel assessing coronavirus countermeasures in November.
“When it comes to the specific numbers and how much of the percentage of total capacity should be allowed, I can’t say whether that will be decided by December,” Mutō said.
We need to keep a close eye on the situation with the COVID-19 spread. We shouldn’t make a decision right before Games time, but definitely, we should observe the situation thoroughly. The first set of COVID-19 countermeasures are set to be revealed by the end of the year, a timeline reiterated by IOC vice-president and Tokyo Olympic Coordination Commission chairman John Coates today.
Border controls, COVID-19 countermeasures at venues, plans for dealing with infected people, pre-Games training camps, rules for public transport, and the necessity of an isolation period upon entry into Japan are all being discussed.
“Our decision at the moment is to go ahead,” Coates, who recently claimed Tokyo Olympic will take place next year irrespective of the coronavirus pandemic, supposed.
What we wait for is to decide what counter-measures we need to go ahead with, to proceed depending on what stage COVID is at. The extent of the ceremonies, the extent of the crowd participation, any necessary quarantine when they arrive in Japan. All of those things. And by the time we get to the end of the year, we’ll assess what counter-measures we’ll need to apply.