Tokyo Olympics is 2021 or never, declares Belgian Senior Official

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High-ranking Olympics official Pierre-Olivier Beckers has established that the delayed Tokyo Olympics “will be held in 2021 or not at all.”

Agency report indicates that Beckers, a Belgian, Saturday, June 6 was simply reiterating the stance put forward by Japan and International Olympics Committee chief Thomas Bach that next year was the last chance to hold the Games postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He told Belgian newspaper L’Avenir: “Today everyone is sure that they will start on July 23, 2021,”

“We are convinced that the Games will take place in 2021 or they won’t take place.

“It’s unthinkable to keep such a project on the go for any longer considering the enormous costs and all the thousands of people involved.”

Beckers has suggested it is “essential” that the traditional sporting calendar emerges from its COVID-19 lockdown before allowing major sporting events like the Olympics to be staged.

“All the sporting federations have to adapt to the Games’ postponement.

“We can’t envisage a similar upheaval a second time,” the President of Belgium’s Olympics Committee further said.

According to him, a final decision on Tokyo “will be taken in the spring if questions (over the global health crisis) persist.”

He said he was optimistic over the staging of the Games, rejecting any notion that it would be held behind closed doors.

It is recalled that in March, Tokyo 2020 was postponed a year over the deadly Coronavirus epidemic, which has killed hundreds of thousands around the world and halted international sport and travel.

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