Former IOC VP Pound Says Fans Optional For Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — Former IOC vice president Dick Pound says the Tokyo Olympics can go ahead without fans.
Pound says: “The question is — is this a ‘must-have’ or ‘nice-to-have.’ It’s nice to have spectators. But it’s not a must-have.”
In the interview with Japan’s Kyodo news agency Pound also said there’s a ”very, very good chance” the Olympics will open on July 23.
This comes as recent polls in Japan show 80% of the public believe the Olympics should not happen with virus cases surging — or will not happen.
It’s critical for the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee to get the event on television — with or without fans.
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