The 2021 Olympics will proceed as scheduled ‘with or without Covid,’ according to the Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, adding that the competition in Japan would be the “Games that conquered Covid.”
“It will take place with or without Covid. The Games will start on July 23 next year,” said John Coates, head of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Games, according to the Daily Mail.
“The Games were going to be the Reconstruction Games after the devastation of the tsunami,” Coates added, referring to the 2011 Fukushima disaster. “Now very much these will be the Games that conquered Covid, the light at the end of the tunnel.” Read more…..
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The postponement of the Olympics is expected to add $2.7 billion to the cost of the Games for the host country, Japan. The cost estimate from December, when Tokyo Olympic organizers increased the figure to $12.6 billion. When Tokyo was awarded the Olympics in 2013, the bid committee projected total costs would be $7.3 billion.