Seiko Hashimoto – president of Tokyo 2020, has asserted she is ”100%” sure that the Olympics will happen, however the Games must be ready to continue without spectators due to the Covid-19.
The Tokyo 2020 Games have been delayed but now they are expected to happen on July 23rd.
Japan on the other hand is currently experiencing a 4th wave of Covid-19 cases, along with 10 areas that are in emergency.
”I believe that the possibility of these Games going on is 100% that we will do this,” stated Hashimoto.
”The question right now is how are we going to have an even more safe and secure Games. The Japanese people are feeling very insecure and at the same time probably feel some frustration at us talking about the Olympics and I think that is giving rise to more voices opposing having the Games in Tokyo.” she added.
No spectators will be allowed at the Olympics or Paralympics, which start on August 24th.
To Hashimoto, this was a ”very painful decision” not to include international fans, but this is only so the Games can be safe and secure.
Hashimoto was elected Games president back in February, after Yoshiro Mori quit due to the sexist remarks.
”Athletes must be thinking ‘even if we put so much effort into preparing for the Games, what if those Games don’t happen, what happens to all that effort and all the lifetime experience and all that we’ve put into it?’ further said Hashimoto.
After Hashimoto was elected, she stated that she wants the legacy of the Tokyo Games to be a place where everyone is accepted no matter the gender, race, sexual orientation or disability.