TOKYO OLYMPICS: HEAD OF IOC SAYS HE IS “VERY CONFIDENT” FANS WILL ATTEND GAMES
The head of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has said he is “very confident” that spectators will be able to attend the Tokyo Olympic Games next year.
Thomas Bach added that the IOC would take “great efforts” in making sure fans were vaccinated before arriving.
He is currently in Japan to discuss how the Olympics can be held next year.
The Tokyo Games were originally due to start in July, but were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
More than 11,000 athletes from around 200 countries had been scheduled to take part in the Games, now due to begin in July 2021.
Both Japan and the IOC have stressed that the Games will go ahead next year.
Japan’s Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto said earlier this year they wanted to avoid the possibility of having no spectators at all at the Games, adding it was possible events might be held with a “limited” audience, while the number of staff and delegates from each country could also be reduced.