The COVID-19 pandemic means no members of the general public can watch occasions reside, however Dick Pound informed the CBC on Thursday in Tokyo that should not have an effect on the competitions and ceremonies themselves.
Whereas the 68,000-seat Tokyo Olympic Stadium can be devoid of public spectators for the opening ceremony, an estimated 10,000 authorities and IOC officers are anticipated to be in attendance.
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“When you’ve got the president and secretary of seven worldwide sports activities federations, I do not assume the world goes to finish. I imply, somebody might attempt to make a mountain out of that molehill,” Pound mentioned.
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Earlier, the Canadian Olympic Committee introduced that simply 30-40 athletes of a contingent of 370 would take part within the opening ceremony as a result of varied well being and security protocols.
Pound added that the ceremony is a made-for-TV occasion that should not be negatively affected by the lacking crowd. In the meantime, occasions comparable to softball and soccer have already begun in empty stadiums.
Arsenault famous the presence of athletes’ household and mates couldn’t simply be replicated.
“You may’t pretend the mothers and dads, that is for positive. And that is disappointing,” Pound mentioned.
‘If [outbreak] occurs, it occurs’
Pound additionally indicated he wasn’t overly anxious a couple of potential COVID-19 outbreak. A complete of 91 folks accredited for the Tokyo Video games have examined constructive because the starting of July.
“If that occurs, it occurs. However non-competing in that context just isn’t a boycott, that is a well being difficulty that it is too unhealthy for that specific nation, however the well being and security of everyone else is much more essential,” he mentioned.
As an alternative, Pound mentioned he was extra involved about public opinion on Tokyo 2020 being swayed by social media.
“If folks see that [social-media users] simply completely uninformed then they’ll grow to be irrelevant and that is actually what you hope.”