The Tokyo Olympics will be 'definitely' held next year: Narinder Batra, IOC member
NEW DELHI: IOC IOA member and president Narinder Batra on Saturday said that the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics It will definitely take place next year, amid concerns over the organization of the mega event before a COVID-19 vaccine is found.
Some eminent scientists and doctors have expressed doubts on the holding of the Tokyo Olympics if a vaccine is not found by then. Even the Japan Medical Association president said it would only be possible for the Olympics to go ahead in July 2021 if the infections were under control, not only in Japan, but globally.
International Olympic Committee's ( IOC ) coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics , John Coates of Australia had, however, disagreed with suggestions that a vaccine for COVID-19 is needed to hold the Games.
Addressing the Special Meeting of the General Body of the Federation of Athletics of India , which was done online, Indian olympic association (IOA) chief Batra said, "Don't go by what is being said that Olympics may not be held next year. Tokyo Olympics will definitely be held next year.
I keep in touch with reliable sources, interacting with important forums in the world of sports. So, the Olympics will happen next year.
I think there will be some treatment (of coronavirus ) for September or October of this year. We (India) have to plan ourselves thinking that the Olympic Games will take place.
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Batra was elected as president of International Hockey Federation (FIH) in November 2016 and became an IOC member in June last year. He has been at the helm of IOA since December 2017.
He said that his term as head of the FIH lasted until June of next year, as the elections scheduled for October of this year were postponed until June of next year in view of the unprecedented situation that emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic. .
Batra also said some 140-odd National Olympic Committees were to hold their elections within two-three months of the original (2020) date of Tokyo Olympics and they have been allowed by the IOC to hold the polls next year.