The Olympic Games this summer in Tokyo will continue. That is what the president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach assured Maurits Hendriks. “Reports to the contrary are ‘fake news’, he said,” said the technical director of NOC * NSF at the talk show Jinek on RTL4.
“Regardless of how Covid develops, according to Bach it will continue,” said Hendriks. “Of course there is still talk about the way in which. The protocols will be strict. If an athlete tests positive, he will be quarantined. Japanese style.”
Hendriks also pointed to positive developments. “There is a vaccine, the development of rapid tests is getting better and better. A lot of sporting events that are now held in a ‘bubble’ are going well. We also have time on our side. The world may look different in May.”
According to polls, 80 percent of the Japanese population does not like the event at the moment, Hendriks finds logical. “People have something else on their mind now. That probably applies to every country. There are different priorities now.”
His position on vaccination for elite athletes remains unchanged. “No, we do not want an exceptional position. It is now about healthcare personnel and the vulnerable. But somewhere there will be a second phase with the vaccinations. Then we can start the conversation. Now we are neatly at the back of the queue.”