Japan health alert does not alter preparation for Tokyo 2020

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Japan health alert does not alter preparation for Tokyo 2020





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Tokyo in the middle of the pandemic (EFE)


The Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games announced on Friday that the preparations for Tokyo 2020 continue, since they will not be affected by the health alert that prevails in Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Japanese government recommended its inhabitants not to leave their homes and, as far as possible, not to circulate in centers or public spaces with crowds of people to avoid a new Covid-19 outbreak. However, these regulations do not interfere in the conditioning of the Japanese capital to host the sporting event.

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In March, when the International Olympic Committee announced the suspension of the Games, the organizers rearranged budgets so that the post-pandemic economic crisis does not affect sports venues and other logistical aspects in terms of the structure and planning of the event. .

“What we are doing is an unprecedented challenge. But we are doing it in the best possible way, so that it does not have any impact on the preparations,” Organizing Committee spokesman Masa Takaya told a press conference.

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According to the spokesman, it is expected to make progress towards the next meetings that the organizers will hold with the International Olympic Committee. The Executive Commission is convened via virtual for July 14 and then it will also be studied whether the next Session or General Assembly can be held by the same system on July 17.

I don’t knowRegarding the availability of the sites that have not yet completed their works, Takaya assured that “negotiations are currently underway and we hope to conclude them as soon as possible.” Most of the Games’ sports facilities were reserved during the period in which they were to take place during 2020.

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But what most worries the IOC is the Olympic Village, which was to be used for private residences from September. However, from Japan they have already warned that they will back down with this urbanization project.

We will have to wait for the evolution of the pandemic in Japan, but from Tokyo they trust that the yellow alert will not influence planning. The Olympic Games will take place, for now, from July 23, 2021 to August 8, while the Paralympics are scheduled in the same city from August 24 to September 5.

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