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Seiko Hashimoto rules out disrupting the Tokyo Olympics

08.09.2020 84 просмотров

Olympics and Paralympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto said the Tokyo Olympics must be held at all costs. 

The Tokyo Summer Olympics, which were postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, must be held at any cost, taking into account the efforts made by the athletes and organizers in preparation. This opinion was expressed on Tuesday by the Japanese Minister of Olympic and Paralympic Affairs, Seiko Hashimoto, whose held-at-any-cost-olympic-minister-hashimoto.html">Comment provided by the Kyodo agency.

"All the people who are related to the Games, work together and train. The same goes for athletes who put in a lot of effort under the current circumstances. We must hold the Olympics at any cost,” Hashimoto emphasized.

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Seiko Hashimoto, Minister of Olympic and Paralympic Affairs. Photo: AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

Thus the Minister commented Statement by Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) John Coates, who said that the Olympic Games in Tokyo would take place. According to him, the Olympics will be held "with or without the coronavirus."

The Tokyo Olympics were to be held from 24 July to 9 August 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the competition has been postponed by a year and will take place between 23 July and 8 August 2021. At the same time, the name of the Tokyo 2020 Games will be retained.

In June, the organizing committee of Tokyo Games officially called simplification of the format for next year's competitions. It is planned that they will be organized on the basis of three basic principles: ensuring a safe environment, minimizing costs and simplifying the format of the Games.

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