(Reuters) – The Tokyo Olympics will give hope to humanity in its battle in opposition to COVID-19 simply because the 1920 Antwerp Video games introduced individuals collectively within the aftermath of World Struggle One and the Spanish flu pandemic, Tokyo’s governor Yuriko Koike has stated.
Tokyo is internet hosting the July 23-Aug. 8 Video games after they have been pushed again a yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic which has killed greater than 3.1 million individuals worldwide.
“We’re approaching the most recent version of the video games at a time when humanity suffered heavy human losses, with some individuals fully dropping hope,” Koike advised beIN Sports activities.
“A century in the past, in 1920, the Olympic Video games have been held in Antwerp, Belgium, whereas the world was simply out of two main formidable occasions during which hundreds of thousands of individuals died: World Struggle I and the Spanish Influenza.
“As the primary world sport occasion to be held after these two catastrophes, the Antwerp Video games introduced again hope to many individuals. We hope the Tokyo Olympics will ship the identical message and show to be a turning level, restoring hope for individuals.”
Whereas Japan is within the midst of a fourth wave of coronavirus infections, Koike stated they may not set a situation for permitting solely vaccinated athletes to compete.
“The best way the vaccine is dealt with differs between one nation and one other. So it can’t be assumed that vaccination might be crucial,” Koike stated.
“Taking common assessments and sustaining a very good well being is what we would like all athletes to watch.
“Additionally, we are able to profit from the experiences of many worldwide tournaments which have just lately been organised. Given these profitable experiences, I imagine we are able to maintain Olympic Video games in a protected setting.”
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