Tokyo, Jul 23.- One year after the start of the next Olympic Games, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee released a message today to give signs of hope in the face of the global impact of the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic.
In the three-minute video presented by the organizers of the fair, postponed in 2020 and scheduled now from July 23 to August 8 of the coming year, the main figure is the Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee, who in 2019 announced his temporary retirement from the pools, for suffering from leukemia.
Through his voice-over, Ikee mentions that today the Olympic community would be ready to open the 32nd edition of the modern Games the next day, but he narrates how athletes can overcome health problems, including his own.
Specialist in butterfly style, the undine states that sport is not only about athletes; sports teach us the importance of solidarity, as a kind of call to world unity in the face of the social restrictions imposed by the health crisis.
Once again considered one of Japan's greatest hopes for an Olympic medal in 2021, Ikee highlights the illusions that the possibility of reaching the Olympic event generates among athletes.
The message was distributed this Thursday, when this capital registered a daily record in the number of infected by Covid-19, with 366 people infected and six months after the first known positive case in the country.
On March 24 last, the Japanese Government and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to postpone the event because of the health situation of the new coronavirus.
So far, the IOC maintains the idea of developing the Olympic Games, with the aim of ensuring the safety of the more than 11,000 athletes planned and reducing economic costs to eliminate the gigantism of a program hit by the change of date.
However, the president of the organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, said on Wednesday that reaching the point of ignition of the cauldron will depend - to a large extent - on science and on being able to obtain a vaccine or effective medical treatment against the coronavirus. (PL) (Photo: File)