The World Health Organization speaking at a joint news conference with IOC on Saturday said it will not be easy to make next year’s Tokyo Olympics a safe gathering especially after the global pandemic.
The Olympics games which were set to open at this year has been postponed to July 23 of next year after the International Olympic Committee and organizers in Japan agreed to reschedule of the game. The Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhonom Ghebreyesus said “We hope Tokyo will be a place where humanity will gather with a triumph against COVID, it’s in our hands, but it is not easy.
If we do our best, especially with national unity and global solidarity, I think it’s possible”. Mr Tedros made all these known in a joint conference with the IOC. The IOC president Thomas Bach said, “nobody can at this moment in time really give you a reliable answer on how the world will look like in July 2021”. Bach and Tedros signed a renewed agreement between both organizations.
Both organizations are aimed at helping to promote sports to government as one of the essentials of a healthy lifestyle. Mr Tedros also added that “the Olympics or athletics or football is not just for the athletes only, it has to be a culture for everybody and it has to be everybody’s responsibility”.
President Thomas Bach also said that it was a bit too early for speculation as the main priority is to guarantee a safe environment for all the participants of the Olympics games. More than 11,000 athletes from more than 200 teams are due to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. Health experts have questioned if the games can be held before and effective vaccine is found.