The Worldwide Olympic Committee has set a restrict of six officers to be allowed to take part within the Parade of Nations on the opening ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympic Video games, IOC’s Tokyo Olympic Video games Coordination Fee chairman John Coates has mentioned.
Coates, who attended a venture evaluation with the Tokyo 2020 organisers and the IPC on Wednesday, mentioned that athletes’ quantity on the opening ceremony is not going to be minimize.
“We do not wish to change the custom that every one athletes have the chance to parade on the opening ceremony,” Coates instructed reporters at a press convention.
The athletes’ locations are normally stuffed by officers from their nationwide Olympic committees in the event that they select to give attention to their preparation for his or her competitions, however subsequent 12 months this is not going to occur.
“The IOC Government Board has already mentioned this and we can’t permit it this time,” Coates mentioned. “It will enhance the issue on the ceremony.”
“We wish to see the athletes from all 206 delegations and the refugee workforce within the opening ceremony … The variety of officers is restricted to 6.”
Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori is pessimistic about the potential of seeing all taking part athletes march into the Olympic Stadium, though he admitted that the parade within the opening ceremony is their “prerogative” and “nobody can deprive them of their proper”.
“Now we have to have a safe and secure video games,” he mentioned, including that folks must make some “sacrifice”.
Mori mentioned that it’s nonetheless too early to make selections as a result of it is perhaps not an issue to fret about.
“Possibly we should always ask the opinions of the athletes,” Mori mentioned. “Are they actually desirous to take part within the parade? Possibly they wish to win the gold medals. Athletes might have totally different beliefs. We must always know their true feeling.”
Coates believed refined and fast testing methodology will resolve all the issues.
“We might do 40,000 to 50,000 checks a day of athletes in the meanwhile,” he mentioned. “It might be a fast resolution. That may very well be the reply for us.”
Coates mentioned that measures ought to be taken to keep away from an “overpopulated” Olympic village and advised that not solely the athletes but in addition all referees ought to be examined.
When requested if he discourages athletes to exit of the Olympic village for sightseeing, the Australian mentioned, “Sure.”
“The athletes will perceive their duty, to abide by the foundations, which can assure their security,” he mentioned.