A Canadian senior member of the Worldwide Olympic Committee is dismissing the shortage of public spectators on the Tokyo Olympics as “irrelevant.”
The COVID-19 pandemic means no members of the general public can watch occasions dwell, however Dick Pound advised the CBC on Thursday in Tokyo that should not have an effect on the competitions and ceremonies themselves.
“The group is basically irrelevant. And each occasionally you give them some lights to wave round,” Pound mentioned, referencing Friday’s opening ceremony, in an interview with CBC Information’ Adrienne Arsenault on The Nationwide.
Whereas the 68,000-seat Tokyo Olympic Stadium can be devoid of public spectators for the opening ceremony, an estimated 10,000 authorities and IOC officers are anticipated to be in attendance.
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“You probably have the president and secretary of seven worldwide sports activities federations, I do not assume the world goes to finish. I imply, somebody might attempt to make a mountain out of that molehill,” Pound mentioned.
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Earlier, the Canadian Olympic Committee introduced that simply 30-40 athletes of a contingent of 370 would take part within the opening ceremony because of numerous well being and security protocols.
Pound added that the ceremony is a made-for-TV occasion that should not be negatively affected by the lacking crowd. In the meantime, occasions similar to softball and soccer have already begun in empty stadiums.
Arsenault famous the presence of athletes’ household and associates couldn’t simply be replicated.
“You’ll be able to’t pretend the mothers and dads, that is for certain. And that is disappointing,” Pound mentioned.
‘If [outbreak] occurs, it occurs’
Pound additionally indicated he wasn’t overly apprehensive a few potential COVID-19 outbreak. A complete of 91 folks accredited for the Tokyo Video games have examined constructive because the starting of July.
“If that occurs, it occurs. However non-competing in that context just isn’t a boycott, that is a well being challenge that it is too dangerous for that individual nation, however the well being and security of all people else is much more essential,” he mentioned.
As an alternative, Pound mentioned he was extra involved about public opinion on Tokyo 2020 being swayed by social media.
“If folks see that [social-media users] simply completely uninformed then they will turn into irrelevant and that is actually what you hope.”