TOKYO: OLYMPICS WILL BE “SIMPLIFIED” IN 2021


11/06/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Organizers of the postponed Tokyo Games said Wednesday they have agreed with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold "simplified" games next summer to ensure safety from the coronavirus and reduce the financial impact of the one-year delay. Speaking at a press conference following an online meeting of the IOC executive board, Tokyo Olympic organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto said the IOC and local organizers had identified 200 items to simplify the games but avoided going into detail.

Muto added that the Olympics will "not be done with grand splendor". Muto also revealed that the organizers had not ruled out reducing the number of fans, although the competition schedule remained unchanged for now. Meanwhile, Yoshiro Mori refused to discuss the possibility of cancelling the Games altogether. "It's not right to discuss speculation based on a hypothetical scenario and therefore our direction is to not consider at all about cancellation," he added.

The IOC Executive Board also adopted a resolution regarding racism and inclusion, which President Bach read out at the start of a virtual briefing with reporters. “The International Olympic Committee (IOC) condemns racism in the strongest terms. The IOC stands for non-discrimination as one of the founding pillars of the Olympic Movement, which is reflected in the Olympic Charter, Fundamental Principle 6: “The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Olympic Charter shall be secured without discrimination of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,” the official document said.


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