Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Vaccine rollout will assist us stage rescheduled occasion, says chief government

Tokyo 2020 executive director Toshiro Muto believes that more Japanese citizens will be in favor of hosting the Olympics as more people are vaccinated against Covid-19

The Olympic organizers hope that the Covid-19 vaccine will enable the games planned for Tokyo 2020 to take place in July – despite a newspaper report on Friday that casts doubt on their approach.

Toshiro Muto, CEO of Tokyo 2020, said, “There is no doubt about it [widespread vaccinations in the US and Europe] will have a positive effect.

“But it doesn’t solve everything.”

He told Reuters: “We are confident about the vaccines, but at the same time, I think it is inappropriate to be totally dependent on them.”

Muto’s interview with the news agency took place before the Times report was released.

In response to this article, Tokyo 2020 organizers released a statement saying that Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had “expressed his determination” to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games and that all stakeholders remained focused on running the event .

The pessimism about the staging of the games this year has increased in recent weeks.

Dick Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee, said Jan. 7 There could be no guarantee The games would take place and last week Sir Keith Mills, London 2012 executive director, said he thought it was “unlikely” The competition would take place. In Japan, a recent survey by Kyodo News found that 80% of the population polled wanted the Olympics to either be canceled or postponed again.

Muto added: “With vaccinations going on to some extent, I expect that public opinion in general will be exonerated. And I think there is a possibility that it will be easier to hold the Games.

“It is natural that people are very concerned about this. But we hope that the situation will definitely improve and in such a situation I think public opinion will improve too.”

The game master added that unlike the Tennis Australian Open, the athletes would not be asked to quarantine upon their arrival in Japan.

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