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Sport IOC boss: No Olympic exclusion of nations due to Corona

09:50  22 october  2020
09:50  22 october  2020 Source:   spox.com

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IOC President Thomas Bach rejects the exclusion of individual nations from the Olympic Games in Tokyo because of the Corona situation in the respective countries.

Thomas Bach ist der Präsident des Internationalen Olympischen Komitees (IOC). © Christophe Moratal / IOC / dpa Thomas Bach is the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The athletes have "no responsibility for it," said the head of the International Olympic Committee in an Instagram conversation with the German javelin thrower Johannes Vetter. "If athletes test negative here, if they submit to the anti-coronavirus regime like everyone else, then you have to create the opportunity for these athletes to participate," emphasized Bach.

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The International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) acknowledged that there is no 'ideal' solution for organizing the Tokyo Olympic Games in view of the deadly corona

In a statement the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) said: "In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date

Because of the corona pandemic, the summer games in Tokyo had been postponed by one year to summer 2021. A task force is currently working out measures for an Olympics under corona conditions, including possible entry restrictions for athletes and delegations. "At the moment it is impossible to say what will come of this in detail," said Bach. The Japanese side is expected to present an interim report in December.

With a view to the development of a vaccine against the coronavirus, the IOC is becoming "more confident from week to week," assured Bach. It is possible that several companies will submit applications for accelerated approval of a vaccine by the end of the year. "That is of course good news," said Bach. He was not worried about possible side effects of a new vaccine for the athletes. "I would have confidence in the health authorities," said the 66-year-old.

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He does not expect nations to renounce their participation. All 206 National Olympic Committees are "determined and confident," said Bach.

Meanwhile, Japan is considering using face recognition technology for spectators at the Olympics. As the Japanese business newspaper "Nihon Keizai Shimbun" reported, citing informed circles, this could possibly help protect against the spread of the corona virus. The spectator's face when entering the venue would be recorded and the body surface temperature recorded. By recording the movement route with surveillance cameras at the event location, it would be possible to identify people who may have had close contact later in the event of an infection and to inform them early on.

However, there could be concerns about data protection security, so careful consideration must be given to the management of such data, the paper continued. The current plan provides for facial recognition technology to be used only for those responsible for the Olympic Games; spectators should be excluded from this.

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