Thomas Bach: Tokyo Olympics Would Be Canceled if They Can’t Be Held in 2021

In an interview with BBC Sport Wednesday, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said he accepts that the Tokyo Olympics would need to be canceled if they still can’t be held in 2021.

“You cannot forever employ 3,000 to 5,000 people in an organising committee,” Bach told BBC Sport. “You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty.”

In the same interview, he said that postponing a year is a “mammoth task,” and that the 2021 event will “definitely be different” with some aspects pared down to “essentials.”

Bach declined to say if the development of COVID-19 vaccine is necessary for the 2021 Games to go on as planned, as well as if they might happen without spectators if the need arises.

“There is no blueprint for it so we have to reinvent the wheel day by day,” Bach added. “It’s very challenging and at the same time fascinating.”

Last month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that hosting the Olympics next year would be “impossible” unless the coronavirus pandemic is under control by next then.

“It would be impossible to hold the Games in such a complete form unless the coronavirus pandemic is contained,” Abe said. He told Japan to “brace for a protracted battle,” and that the Olympics “must be held in a way that shows the world has won its battle against the coronavirus pandemic.”

Abe’s statement came a day after Japanese Medical Association head Yoshitake Yokokura said the Olympics would have to be canceled if a vaccine for the coronavirus is not found.

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Captain Ahab

Japan needs to sue China.


One country suing another? Brilliant!

Captain Ahab

International litigation

Corn Pop

I knew a few ppl who could have sued Japan .


The irony


Sounds like a polite way of saying they have mismanaged their finances and are broke. Japan should fire them and hold “the games” only including the cool sports (like swimming).

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