Olympic stage for bach’s re-election remains untouched

Olympic stage for Bach's re-election remains untouched

For thomas bach’s departure into his last term of office, the olympic stage in tokyo is to remain as unchanged as possible in 2021 as well.

Shortly after the president of the international olympic committee declared his renewed candidacy for the top job, the organizers of the summer games, which have been postponed until next year, announced that they would stick to the original arenas and schedules for the competitions. According to bach’s wishes, the "fundamental elements of the games" are to be preserved despite the consequences of the corona crisis. Olympia in tokyo will be a "symbol of resilience and hope," bach asserted.

With his announcement that he would seek re-election for the maximum possible four years, the 66-year-old from tauberbischofsheim had seriously disrupted the timetable of the IOC’s general assembly. Bach, who has been in office since 2013, was delighted to receive the long praise of the members of the ring circle at the session, which was organized for the first time as a video session. Rougher resistance or even an opposing candidate are hardly to be expected in the election planned for spring 2021.

A few months after his renewed presidential cure, bach wants to open the summer games in japan’s capital, which are to be no different from the mega-event originally planned for this year, at least at their core. Despite significant cuts, the olympics will be held in the same arenas and with the same competition program. The olympic village for the athletes will also be available again after intensive negotiations with the real estate investors, the organizers of the tokyo games announced.

The necessary cost reductions and simplifications are intended to leave "the sport and the athletes" untouched, emphasized bach. Cuts could affect rather the pomp at the ceremonial and the coarseness of delegations from participating countries. Bach, meanwhile, urged people not to skimp too much on the spectacle of opening and closing ceremonies. It is there, in particular, that japan finally has the chance to showcase "its culture and hospitality and the olympic values," said bach.

The necessary cost reductions and simplifications are intended to leave "the sport and the athletes" untouched, emphasized bach. Cuts could rather affect the pomp at the ceremonial and the coarseness of the delegations from the participating countries. But the olympics organizers do not want to present their detailed plans until the fall.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, japan and the IOC postponed the games for a year at the end of march after a long dragging out. They are now to be taken over by the 23. July until 8. August 2021. The 2021 summer games will be like no olympics before, said the president of the organizing committee, yoshiro mori. "Simplicity should be the hallmark of these games," mori asserted, without, however, giving any concrete information about significant savings packages.

After discussions with the owners and investors, the organizers were able to secure all 42 planned olympic stadiums for next year as well. However, this could hardly have been cost-neutral. The sticking point, according to reports, was the negotiations on the olympic village and the international media center at the tokyo big sight exhibition center. Final details are still to be clarified, but a basic commitment has been made, he said.

Thanks to the successful speech, the planned program of the competitions can be maintained, explained the head of the IOC coordination commission, john coates. 339 decisions are planned in 33 sports. "The basics remain," coates said. Tickets already purchased remain valid, but can be returned from autumn onwards.

IOC chief bach had once again described the reorganization of the games as a "mammoth task. The additional expenditure resulting from the relocation could amount to several billion euros. In addition, in view of the ongoing corona crisis, it remains questionable whether the games can actually take place as hoped. Even if a vaccine against the virus is found before the scheduled opening, experts doubt that the consequences of the pandemic will be overcome in time and that the sports world will be ready for the mega-event.

From the fall on, the organizers of the games want to deal extensively with countermeasures in the event of a continuing pandemic. This involves entry requirements for olympic participants, protection of athletes’ health, transportation issues and accommodation, said IOC top official coates. The question of the admission of spectators is also to be addressed then. Bach had repeatedly ruled out the possibility of ghost games in front of empty stands.

Once again, the 1976 olympic fencing champion promoted the power of sport. "The world after corona needs sports to overcome the crisis. The fragile world after corona needs the unifying power of the olympic games," emphasized bach. He also admitted, however, that "no one knows what the world will look like in july and august."Bach himself at least wants to become IOC president once again.