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first_img(REUTERS) – INTERNATIONAL Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach says the Tokyo Games would have to be scrapped if the event cannot be held next year due to the COVID-19 crisis.In March, the IOC and Japanese government took the unprecedented decision to delay the Games, which had been due to start in July, for a year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.However, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the multi-sports event cannot take place in 2021 unless the virus is contained and Bach said he understood his position.The novel coronavirus has infected more than 17 100 people in Japan, causing 797 deaths.“Quite frankly, I have some understanding for this, because you can’t forever employ 3 000 or 5 000 people in an Organising Committee,” Bach told the BBC.“You can’t every year change the entire sports schedule worldwide of all the major federations. You can’t have the athletes being in uncertainty.”Bach said the IOC was committed to holding the Games next year though it had to be prepared for various scenarios including quarantining athletes.“What could this mean for the life in an Olympic Village?” he said.“All these different scenarios are under consideration and this is why I’m saying it’s a mammoth task, because there are so many different options that it’s not easy to address them (now).“When we have a clear view on how the world will look on July 23, 2021, then (we will) take the appropriate decisions.”last_img read more

first_imgFifa presidential candidate Luis Figo on Wednesday disputed the Confederation of African Football’s claim that all 54 votes from the continent will go to incumbent Sepp Blatter in the presidential elections next month.The former Portugal international, in Egypt at the CAF Congress to canvass for votes, told Reuters he did not believe all Africa was solidly behind Blatter, who seeks re-election on May 29 against Figo, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussain of Jordan and the Dutch football association president Michael van Praag.“I feel there’s a lot of respect for CAF among all the African federations but I’m positive that [CAF president] Mr [Eisa] Hayatou did not speak in the name of the 54 members of the confederation,” said the former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder.“Even when he [Hayatou] announced he would support Blatter, we could notice a difference from past congresses when a statement like that normally is followed by a standing ovation.“This time we heard just a normal applause, which confirms my idea that a lot of African countries understand and agree with the need to change for the better of everyone, especially the national associations.“In fact there were federation presidents who ensured me they would vote for me but they were reluctant to say this out loud because they feared reactions against them, their federations and even their countries,” said Figo. “It‘s also to end this kind of atmosphere that I decided to be a candidate. Football should be about a beautiful game and people should be able to express themselves freely and openly.”The CAF congress in Cairo ended on Tuesday with Hayatou declaring Africa’s complete support for Blatter’s re-election but on all previous occasions when the CAF chief has promised a block of African votes, many have broken ranks.When Blatter came to power in 1998, Hayatou pledged Africa’s votes to rival Lennart Johansson of Sweden but most defied him to vote Blatter into power.When Hayatou stood against Blatter in 2002, almost half the African countries voted for the Swiss rather than their own confederation president.last_img read more