IOC President Thomas Bach understands that the Olympic games will have to be canceled if they fail to be held in 2021. The 2020 Olympics were originally scheduled to take place in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but were postponed due to a coronavirus pandemic.

— Frankly, I have an understanding of the situation, because you can’t always hire 3000-5000 people to the organizing Committee, – quotes the BBC Bach. — It is impossible to change the entire sports schedule in all major federations around the world every year. Athletes can’t have uncertainty.

We must be prepared for different scenarios. It is clear that the games in Tokyo will be held in July next year. At the same time, considering the scenarios that may be required for the organization, regarding health measures, it may be necessary to quarantine athletes, for other participants. This is a difficult task, because there are many different options. When we have a clear idea of what the world will look like on July 23, 2021, then we will make appropriate decisions.

Competition behind closed doors is not what we want, because the Olympic spirit is about bringing fans together, and that’s what makes the Games so unique.

Why did we move the Games to Tokyo in advance? This decision was made together with the organizers. The IOC could just cancel the Games alone, and it would be a simple decision on one hand. We could say, ” Okay, that’s it.” We would get our money from insurance and start preparing for the 2024 Olympics in Paris. But this option was not real, because it would deprive the athletes of a unique Olympic experience.

Bach said that the Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled if it is not held in 2021

IOC President Thomas Bach believes the Olympic games could be canceled. The 2020 Olympics were originally scheduled to take place in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but were postponed to the following year due to a coronavirus pandemic.

— You can’t always hire 3000-5000 people to the organizing Committee of the Games, – quotes the BBC Bach. — It is not possible to change the entire schedule every year in all major federations around the world.

It is clear that the games in Tokyo will be held in July next year. At the same time, it may be necessary to quarantine athletes and other participants. This is a difficult task, because there are many different options. When we have a clear idea of what the world will look like on July 23, 2021, then we will make appropriate decisions.