The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said on Tuesday that the recent holding of various sporting events around the world despite the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic should give “confidence” in the preparation for the Tokyo Games next summer .
In a message titled “Olympism and Corona” II, Bach wrote that sport is “widely recognized as an essential factor in the fight against the pandemic” and “accepted as an integral part of the solution for ending the crisis”.
Bach also said that the development of rapid tests for the virus and positive signs from the scientific and medical community on the potential availability of approved vaccines, perhaps before the end of this year, will further increase the chances of hosting the games. .
He added that “there are good reasons for cautious optimism” given that recent sporting events have been held successfully even without such vaccines being available.
As a reminder, the Olympic Games (JO), also called modern Olympic Games, since they extend the tradition of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece, are major international sporting events, bringing together summer or winter sports, to which Thousands of athletes participate in different competitions every four years, for every modern Olympiad.
Originally held in the religious center of Olympia, in ancient Greece in the 7th century BC. AD in the 5th century AD. AD, the Games were renovated by French Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1894 when he founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Since then, the IOC has become the governing body of the Olympic movement, the structure and decisions of which are defined by the Olympic Charter.
The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens and the establishment of the Winter Olympics dates from 1924 in Chamonix. They take place in the same year every four years, leap years, often in the same country on condition that it has mountainous territory, then are postponed by two years from 1994n 1. Canceled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 for Due to world wars, the Games have seen their 2020 edition postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.