The Tokyo 2021 Olympics are scheduled to start from July 23, 2021 and is still a year away. A small 15-minute ceremony was held at the new stadium to reset the clock and mark the start date of the 2021 Olympics. Thomas Bach, IOC President, is hopeful of conducting the event amidst the pandemic, ensuring health and safety of all the contestants and said to BBC Sport:
We are working for a solution which on the one hand is safeguarding the health of all the participants and on the other hand is also reflecting the Olympic spirit.
At the professional sports level, multiple sporting events have already resumed their activities behind closed doors. The big sporting leagues like English Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A are on the verge of completion too. On the other hand, football is also gearing up for the Champions League and Europa League to take place in August. These things make the IOC confident of holding the Olympics in 2021 on a large scale.
Despite a spike in COVID-19 cases in the US and few other countries, the cases have started to decline in other parts of the globe. The IOC is hoping it will further subside as the event is still 12 months away and is ready to look for all countermeasures.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori commented,
Following the decision to postpone the Games, Tokyo 2020 immediately formed the New Launch Task Force and began to organize systems ready to face this unprecedented challenge. Our staff has been working tirelessly around the clock on these preparations, and it is my pleasure to announce today that we have successfully secured all venues and confirmed the competition schedule for next year’s Games.
On the other hand, IOC has postponed the Youth Olympics of 2022 to 2026, which was to be held in Senegal. He said that this move is to overcome the financial crisis and global health crisis.
Fans are the heart and soul of any sport. No matter what, without fans in the stadium, the game will be dull and boring. Thomas Bach reiterated that the IOC is looking to have fans in the stadium rather than conducting it behind closed doors. The IOC is all set to take different measures to hold the 2021 Olympics. More details will be shared by them in the coming months.
Many players are set for their swansong. Many bright talents are waiting for their first chance to showcase on the big platform. The cancellation of the event will be a colossal blow for them. However, with the vaccine development at its full swing, one can expect that there are possibilities of Olympics being held in 2021.
Despite the pandemic ruining the plans, Thomas Bach is confident and reiterated his stance to conduct the Olympics 2021. IOC has planned meticulously and is looking forward to holding the event in Tokyo.