Tokyo Olympics Will “Definitely” Be Held Next Year: IOC Member Narinder Batra


IOC member and IOA president Narinder Batra on Saturday mentioned that the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics will “definitely” be held subsequent 12 months, amid issues over staging the mega occasion earlier than a COVID-19 vaccine is discovered. Some eminent scientists and medical doctors have expressed doubts on the holding of the Tokyo Olympics if a vaccine isn’t discovered by then. Even the Japan Medical Association president mentioned it could solely be potential for the Olympics to go forward in July 2021 if the infections have been beneath management, not solely in Japan, however globally.

International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) coordination fee for the Tokyo Olympics, John Coates of Australia had, nonetheless, disagreed with strategies {that a} vaccine for COVID-19 is required to carry the Games.

While addressing the Special General Body Meeting of the Athletics Federation of India, which was held on-line, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chief Batra mentioned, “Don’t go by what is being said that Olympics may not be held next year. Tokyo Olympics will definitely be held next year.”

“I am keeping in touch with reliable sources, interacting with important fora in world of sport. So, Olympics are happening next year.

“I imagine there shall be some remedy (of coronavirus) by September or October this 12 months. We (India) should plan ourselves pondering that Olympics shall be held.”

Batra was elected as president of International Hockey Federation (FIH) in November 2016 and have become an IOC member in June final 12 months. He has been on the helm of IOA since December 2017.

He mentioned his tenure as FIH chief has been prolonged until June subsequent 12 months because the elections scheduled to be held in October this 12 months has been postponed to June subsequent 12 months in view of the unprecedented state of affairs arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Batra additionally mentioned some 140-odd National Olympic Committees have been to carry their elections inside two-three months of the unique (2020) date of Tokyo Olympics and so they have been allowed by the IOC to carry the polls subsequent 12 months.



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