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Title:I genuinely believe Olympics can go ahead safely, says Coe
Date:MAY 14, 2021, RECENT, FILE World Athletics President Sebastian Coe says his recent experiences in Japan have convinced him the Tokyo Olympics can go ahead safely.
Coe was in both Tokyo and Sapparo for athletics test events last week and was impressed with procedures in place to protect those taking part in the Games and those living in Japan.
Speaking to Reuters via Zoom on Friday (May 14), Coe added that he understood concerns about holding the Games from the Japanese public.
"I genuinely believe it can be delivered safely and securely there are no perfect solutions and there will be big, big challenges but, my real view from having been in Tokyo and in Sapporo is that these protocols are very serious," he said.
"I think we can get there with you know with the safety mechanisms in place. I know there cannot have been another Games or event that has had so much forethought given to the welfare and safety of athletes and local communities.
"This isn't the Games come what may, this is these are the Games in a safe and secure environment but everybody is very conscious about local nervousness."
The Games are due to take place in Tokyo in July and August, having been postponed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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(SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLD ATHLETICS PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING:
"I genuinely believe it can be delivered safely and securely. There are no perfect solutions and there will be big, big challenges but, my real view from having been in Tokyo and in Sapporo is that these protocols are very serious. I know from my own experience, you know, it took us nearly three hours to get through the airport when we landed, with the COVID tests and the paperwork and then we were sort of cocooned in a small hotel room waiting for another test before we could take the flight to Sapporo. And then even when we came back to Tokyo with all the World Athletics team on the same floor and you know we were hermetically sealed from people outside of the hotel. So look, I think in micro, I've seen really how seriously they take it, the athletes that I spoke to out there, both in test and the test events, on the track and on the roads, recognised it was -- there were frustrations but I think they were also comforted by the fact that the Japanese organising committee were taking it as seriously as they did. And we've just been in Silesia (Poland) for the World Relays. We had 700 athletes over well, 31 countries, and not a single positive test amongst any of the athletes. And that's because we know the systems that we've now got a tried and tested system. And actually, if I may say so, I think in sporting terms, you know sport has done extremely well here. Actually looking back, maybe sport should have been advising other organisations a little earlier in that process. We might have had slightly better outcomes."
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