Staging the Tokyo Olympics amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic was one of many “most complex” duties of his profession, International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates stated in an interview printed on Friday.
The skilled Australian Olympic Committee president led efforts to ship the Games within the face of great political and public opposition one 12 months after the occasion was postponed due to the pandemic.
“Tokyo is the most complex thing I’ve ever done in my life, it was a big job,” Coates stated in an interview with News Corp’s The Australian newspaper lower than two weeks after the Olympic flame was extinguished.
“It required a lot of time and discipline. And I called on every bit of experience I’ve had in all my Olympic life.”
The Tokyo Games went forward regardless of issues over the pandemic, with Japanese public opinion strongly towards holding the Olympics within the lead-up to the opening ceremony on July 23.
But Coates, who was additionally concerned in Brisbane’s profitable bid to win the internet hosting rights for the 2032 Olympics, harassed at no level did he consider the Games wouldn’t be held. “Never ever,” he stated.
“Whether I was foolish or not saying that … but my position was that I was committed, that the Games had to go ahead for the athletes, it wasn’t going to go away and I would do whatever I could to ensure that they went ahead. There were people all around the world who didn’t see how it could happen.”
With Covid-19 instances growing in Japan earlier than the beginning of the Games, Coates felt the best concern arose when the Japanese authorities moved to ban home followers from attending occasions.
“The big decision was no Japanese spectators and, you know, there’s always a worry at that stage if it’s bad enough … can the Games go ahead?” he stated.