Earlier, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a conversation with the head of the IOC Thomas Bach proposed to postpone the Olympic games in Tokyo for a year. The parties agreed that the Olympics and Paralympics will be held until the summer of 2021.
– I’ve talked about this, reminded journalists the head of the Duma Committee on physical culture, sport, tourism and youth Affairs Mikhail Degtyarev. – In current conditions it is impossible to provide all athletes with equal opportunities qualifying competitions, to guarantee total safety of life and health of the athletes, the fans, to give everyone a real celebration of sport.
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He called the decision “difficult for the entire sports world.” The MP added that “the Russian athletics will be more time for restoration of rights, will be some litigation, the outcome of which could be in favor of the Russian athletes.”
it made No sense to hold the Game without spectators or more countries that have refused to participate because of the situation with coronavirus, said for its part the first Deputy speaker of the state Duma Alexander Zhukov.
the Reaction of many countries that they will not participate, certainly played a role, the MP said, quoted by RIA Novosti. – Japan in the first place was interested up to the Olympics still took place in Tokyo.
the Decision also commented on the Chairman of the Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky. “Transfer of the summer Olympic games in Tokyo for 2021 – responsible, understandable, and completely natural in the context of a pandemic, he said. – Cases of infection with coronavirus recorded in most countries. To fight its spread should also the whole world.”
Chapter komthe Committee recalled that in the framework of preventive measures suspended flights, canceled major international forums. “In these conditions, I think that there is nothing wrong, if the schedule of the summer Olympic games will be adjusted. Here everything is logical. It is not necessary to risk the lives and health of athletes and fans,” he concluded.