The purpose-built Athletes’ Village must be the safest place in Tokyo during next year’s Olympics, a senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) official said on Wednesday after meetings with the Tokyo 2020 organisers.
IOC President Thomas Bach and other officials have been in the Japanese capital this week as a show of support for the organisers as they try to arrange the Games despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the decision in March to postpone the Games, the Olympics are now due to begin on July 23, 2021.
Over 11,000 athletes are expected to descend on Tokyo for the Olympics and thousands more will come for the subsequent Paralympics. The majority will stay at Athletes’ Village.
Joan Coates, an IOC official accompanying Bach, said the number of athletes would not be reduced and it was down to organisers to make them feel safe.
“We have to make sure that the Olympic Village is… the safest place in Tokyo,” said Coates, who heads the IOC’s Coordination Committee for the Tokyo Games. “The athletes have to have confidence in the safety of that.”