November 27, 2020 | 5:33 AM IST

Olympic Committee Chief is apprehensive over holding Games in empty stadiums

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Chief Thomas Bach has said that it is considering ‘multiple scenarios’ for the rescheduled games and that keeping the fans out of the Tokyo Olympics is something it ‘does not want’. The international sport that was scheduled to start from July 24 has been postponed in wake of the Novel Coronavirus. The Games will now be played from July 23, 2021, to August 8, 2021. 

The Chief said, “So, we are working for a solution of the Olympic Games which, on one hand, is safeguarding the health of all the participants and, on the other hand, is also reflecting the Olympic spirit.”

He said, “Our first priority is about the safety of all the participants of the Game. For this reason, we are working now on multiple scenarios of the organisation of the Games with regard to the health situation of which we do not know how it will be in one year from now.”

Playing in empty stadiums has become a common trend across the globe in an attempt to stop the disease from spreading.

Meanwhile, the IOC Chief and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have expressed their fear that it would be hard to further postpone the Games beyond 2021. This is because further delaying would affect the Beijing Olympics which are scheduled to be held from February 4, 2022, to February 20, 2022.  

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