The recent resumption of sports events has shown they can be organised safely without vaccines, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on yesterday in Tokyo.
Bach made the comment at a news conference, held on the sidelines of an online meeting on the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The meeting involved Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto and other officials.
The Tokyo Olympics were postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus.
The pandemic has continued to spread, casting a shadow over the viability of hosting the Games next year.
“We can see that sports is coming back slowly but surely which shows to us, and to the world, that we can organise safe sports events even without a vaccine,” he told a meeting of IOC representatives and Japanese officials and organisers.
The virus has maintained its global spread in recent months, casting a shadow over the viability of the postponed Games, but Bach was optimistic about efforts to fight it.
“We also have very encouraging news about the development of vaccines,” he said.