A Canadian senior member of the International 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 reside, however Dick Pound advised the CBC on Thursday in Tokyo that should not have an effect on the competitions and ceremonies themselves.
“The crowd is largely irrelevant. And every once in a while you give them some lights to wave around,” Pound stated, referencing Friday’s opening ceremony, in an interview with CBC News’ Adrienne Arsenault on The National.
While the 68,000-seat Tokyo Olympic Stadium will probably be devoid of public spectators for the opening ceremony, an estimated 10,000 authorities and IOC officers are anticipated to be in attendance.
“If you have the president and secretary of seven international sports federations, I don’t think the world is going to end. I mean, someone may try to make a mountain out of that molehill,” Pound stated.
Earlier, the Canadian Olympic Committee introduced that simply 30-40 athletes of a contingent of 370 would take part within the opening ceremony as a consequence of varied well being and security protocols.
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Pound added that the ceremony is a made-for-TV occasion that should not be negatively affected by the lacking crowd. Meanwhile, occasions equivalent to softball and soccer have already begun in empty stadiums.
Arsenault famous the presence of athletes’ household and pals couldn’t simply be replicated.
“You can’t fake the moms and dads, that’s for sure. And that’s disappointing,” Pound stated.
‘If [outbreak] occurs, it occurs’
Pound additionally indicated he wasn’t overly anxious a couple of potential COVID-19 outbreak. A complete of 91 individuals accredited for the Tokyo Games have examined constructive for the reason that starting of July.
“If that happens, it happens. But non-competing in that context is not a boycott, that’s a health issue that it’s too bad for that particular country, but the health and safety of everybody else is even more important,” he stated.
Instead, Pound stated he was extra involved about public opinion on Tokyo 2020 being swayed by social media.
“If people see that [social-media users] just totally uninformed then they can become irrelevant and that’s really what you hope.”