“It is impossible to change the entire sports schedule every year.” Thomas Bach – about the possible cancellation of the Olympics in Tokyo

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.

Thomas Bach: “There should be no speculation about the place and time of the 2020 Olympics»

The head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, said during a video conference following the meeting of the IOC Executive Committee that he does not allow any speculation about the place and time of the 2020 Games.

“We are now working with a commitment to hold a successful games in Tokyo in 2021. Start-July 23. The games will be held in a safe environment for all participants.

All possible expert advice will be taken into account to ensure that the Games are played safely. Until the Olympics are 14 months away, there should be no speculation about the place and time of the Games, ” Bach said.

“The recommendations of the world health organization play an important role. Whether we reduce the number of viewers will depend on how things will look in a year’s time.

It is too early to say that we will limit the number of spectators at the games in Tokyo, ” the IOC head said.

The 2020 Olympic games were postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. They will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

FIVB names new dates for Olympic qualification in beach volleyball for the 2020 Games

The international volleyball Federation (FIVB) has announced new deadlines for qualifying for the beach volleyball tournament at the Tokyo Olympic games, which were postponed to 2021 due to a coronavirus.

The deadline for Olympic qualification was extended to June 13, 2021. On June 14, 2021, the Olympic ranking will be compiled, which will take into account the 12 best results of the teams.

The previous qualification completion date was June 14, 2020.

“We believe that these changes to the selection system meet a fair and universal approach that will ensure that the best athletes can qualify for the Games,” said FIVB President Ari grasa.

Mohammed Farah: “I now have another year to prepare for the Olympics. I think this will help me»

Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah believes that moving the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 will help him better prepare for the title defense in the 10,000 meters.

Fare will be 38 years old by August 2021, when the Games will be held.

“The postponement of the Olympics means that I now have another year to prepare. I think this will help me.

Of course, the restrictions that are imposed due to the pandemic affect the training process-there is no opportunity to visit the gym, participate in competitions.

I have a treadmill, and I’m lucky in that. I also worked out on the street. You have to be creative, ” Farah said.

Yevgeny Rylov: “I am not afraid to go out to train and visit the bases if they are opened in the near future».

Two-time world champion in swimming Yevgeny Rylov shared his opinion about possible problems with holding the Olympics in Tokyo in 2021 due to coronavirus.

“I have heard various conversations about the Olympics next year. Of course, all this has occurred to me, especially when you consider the losses incurred by Tokyo 2020 as an organizer. But now nothing is known, even it is unclear when the quarantine will end.

There will be no Olympics next year – Yes, I will be upset, but there is nothing I can do about it. It is clear that the plans were different, but they will have to change depending on how it will be there.

I’m not afraid to go out to train and to call on the database if you open them in the near future. The most common precautions, if they are followed, if everything is well organized and if all the guys follow them, they will help protect themselves from the coronavirus,” Rylov said.

Svetlana Romashina: “After the postponement of the Olympics, nothing is scary anymore. I don’t know if I’ll be strong enough for next year».

Five-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming Svetlana Romashina commented on the postponement of the world aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, to 2022.

“To be honest, after the postponement of the Olympics, I am not afraid of anything, absolutely. For an athlete, the most important start is the Olympic games, and this is why I returned to the big sport after the birth of my child. This is exactly what I’m waiting for.

After the quarantine, we will all go out to train, but I don’t know if we will have enough strength for the next year, or even if we will have enough strength at all.

The season should start somewhere in September, but we can’t afford to rest until then. So either the season will be very long, or it will have to be broken up somehow and go on vacation for two weeks in August. It will be up to the coaches to decide, but now something is becoming clear.

Fortunately, we already have all the licenses, but I wonder how the next competitions will be arranged – the World series, the Olympic selection. Depending on this, coaches will decide when to go out, what to do and what schedule to work on.

The situation when you do not know what to do and where to run, adds to the discomfort. Now not only athletes, the whole world is in this situation.

Today I understand that there is a life outside of sports. If before the birth of a child, sports were in the first place for me, and I could not imagine a day without training, today I am quite calm about everything.

Many people are waiting for the resumption of European and world football – everyone wants a spectacle, positive. But today we are primarily talking about health. Yes, I would be very happy if the Olympics were held in 2020, even in December, but nothing can change, ” Romashina said.

Naomi Osaka: “I hope that the Olympics will be a Grand celebration that means the end of the fight against COVID-19»

Two-time Grand slam champion Naomi Osaka told how she reacted to the news that the Olympics were postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Like most athletes who were preparing for the Games, at first I was disappointed. But when you realize that this delay is necessary and will help the whole world, the game can wait. We will come together in 2021 and be ready.

I strongly sympathize with such athletes as track and field athletes – they train for four years and try to reach the peak of form for the Olympics. Now they have a total mess with the schedule. The situation with tennis is a little different, so I don’t have to change my training too much.”

The 10th world racket believes that the Olympic games can become “a beacon of hope, symbolizing the end of the fight against coronavirus.”

“This is a very difficult period, and I personally know many people (including my close friends) who participated in the preparation of the Games. So I understand how difficult it is for the Japanese right now.

But, of course, this is the right decision, and I fully support it. I hope that the Olympics will be a Grand celebration that means the end of the fight against COVID-19.”

Thomas Bach: “the IOC will have to bear the costs of postponing the Olympics – several hundred million dollars».

The head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, issued a statement on the postponement of the Olympic games in Tokyo for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have another unprecedented task before us – organizing the postponed Olympic games. This is the first time in a long Olympic history, and this is a huge task for the IOC, our Japanese partners and friends, and all members of the Olympic community.

This new situation requires all our solidarity, creativity, determination and flexibility. We all need to make sacrifices and compromises. Extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary measures. In this situation, each of us has to make a contribution, and this applies to everyone, including the IOC.

The IOC will continue to be responsible for its share of the costs of the postponed Games in accordance with the terms of the agreement for 2020 that we have concluded with our Japanese partners.

Although it is too early to give an exact figure, we already know that we will have to bear the cost of transferring several hundred million dollars. This is why it is necessary to study and analyze all the services we provide for deferred Games, ” Bach said in a statement.

The Tokyo Olympic games are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, 2021.