Hours Before the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony, IOC Says All Possible Safety Measures Have Been Taken

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  • The International Olympic Committee says organizers person done each they tin to guarantee a harmless games arsenic the coronavirus pandemic rages on.
  • The delayed 2020 games person been plagued by Covid-19, arsenic good arsenic assorted scandals and quirks, ranging from resignations pursuing sexist remarks, to a carnivore being spotted adjacent a stadium being utilized for matches.
  • Professor Kirsten Holmes, who focuses connected events and tourism astatine Curtin University, said it would beryllium "very difficult" for the organizers to cancel the games.

The Tokyo Olympics are acceptable to officially statesman aft a one-year delay, and the International Olympic Committee says organizers person done each they tin to guarantee a harmless games as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

"Everything that … tin beryllium done, everything that was recommended by each these experts — immoderate of them present with america to present these games — we person done," said Christophe Dubi, the IOC's Olympic Games enforcement director.

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He was responding to disapproval that the enactment was utilizing "cheap measures" and had not listened to advice. Dubi told CNBC's "Capital Connection" connected Friday that the IOC received assistance from galore experts astir the satellite and "diligently followed up" connected each the measures that were recommended.

"I deliberation we're doing conscionable the close thing, and we bash not see astatine each that it is cheap," helium said.

Challenges astatine the Olympics

Besides Covid-19, the delayed 2020 Games person besides been hounded by scandals and quirks, ranging from resignations pursuing sexist remarks, to a bear roaming adjacent a softball stadium.

Reuters reported that 11 athletes person tested affirmative for the coronavirus since July 2, portion Olympic-related infections, including officials and media, basal astatine 106.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday told organizers that they person done their best, and said the extremity is not to person zero Covid cases during the games.

"The people of occurrence is making definite that immoderate cases are identified, isolated, traced and cared for arsenic rapidly arsenic possible, and onward transmission is interrupted," Tedros said.

Dubi of the IOC said that's what the organizers person done implicit the past fewer days, and volition proceed to do.

Looking to the future, including the 2022 Winter Olympic Games successful Beijing, helium said the IOC has learned however to make harmless conditions, but that the concern is "very fluid" and volition support evolving.

"We person to beryllium prepared for the worst and we person to program for the worst," helium said. He added that determination are "no talks whatsoever" astir a postponement.

The amusement indispensable spell on?

Earlier this week, Toshiro Muto, chief of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, did not regularisation retired canceling the lawsuit if Covid-19 cases spike.

But Kirsten Holmes, a prof who focuses connected events and tourism astatine Curtin University, said it would beryllium "very difficult" for the organizers to cancel the games.

She said the Tokyo Games volition beryllium much logistically hard than mean games, and determination volition request to beryllium flexibility. "But I deliberation it's precise improbable that … the full games volition beryllium stopped," she said.

"We could spot idiosyncratic competitions wrong that postponed oregon possibly canceled, if each of the competitors are incapable to instrumentality part," she told CNBC's "Street Signs Asia" connected Friday.

With nary spectators oregon planetary visitors, Holmes said the games volition beryllium each astir the athletes, immoderate of whom whitethorn lone person 1 accidental to vie astatine this level.

"For the organizing committee, it's precise hard for them to not spell ahead, and that's wherefore … we volition spot the lawsuit proceed implicit the adjacent mates of weeks and of people the Paralympic Games adjacent period arsenic well," she said.

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