Tokyo | due to the pandemic, the organizers of the olympic games of Tokyo does not provide for the festivities on the 23rd of July, to a year from the new date of the opening of the Games postponed to 2021, announced Friday the local media.
This decision has been taken to avoid the risk of new infections, but also because the organizers have deemed it a “mild tone” was more appropriate, according to the state tv channel NHK and the japanese news agency Kyodo, citing sources close to the matter.
Messages of encouragement for the athletes may be posted online at the site, according to Kyodo.
Asked by AFP, the press service of the Tokyo 2020 has refrained from any comments for the moment.
The organizers think of ways to reduce the sail of the olympics, including costs, already a significant swell still with this report history, said Thursday the governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike.
The opening ceremony and the number of spectators could be reduced, according to the media japanese.
And all the actors of the event (athletes, officials and spectators) may be forced to pass a prior test for the detection of coronavirus, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun.
The staging of the games in Tokyo is still uncertain.
The boss of the IOC Thomas Bach had said last month that 2021 would be the “last option” to organize the Games to Tokyo, emphasizing that they could only be deferred once more.
He had refused to say whether the existence of a vaccine, by then, would be a condition for the holding of the olympics, but he showed little enthusiasm for the idea of organizing behind closed doors.
The japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe has deemed “difficult” to organise the Games as the pandemic would not be contained.