Bach warns over belief in ‘silver bullet’ for Tokyo’s Olympics

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has said “important and intensive discussions” will take place in the coming weeks over Covid-19 countermeasures for Tokyo’s summer Olympic Games, but has warned that the potential development of vaccines should not be seen as a “silver bullet” for next year’s event.

The IOC’s Executive Board (EB) yesterday (Wednesday) received updates from the Coordination Commission chairs for Tokyo 2020 and the 2022 winter Olympic Games in Beijing. After March’s announcement that the 2020 Olympics would be rescheduled to begin July 23, 2021, and run through August 8 of next year, the staging of the Games in a Covid-19 world has been the key focus for organisers.

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