‘Regret The Consequences’ – IOC President Delivers Heartfelt Message to Athletes Ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 07/10/2021, 7:58 AM EDT
The Olympic Rings monument is seen outside the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) headquarters near the National Stadium, the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games that have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Tokyo, Japan June 23, 2021 on the day to mark one month until the opening of the Olympic Games. REUTERS/Issei Kato


The Tokyo Olympics 2021 is scheduled to begin on July 24, but the IOC was recently hit with huge news of disappointment. Due to the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases, the Government of Japan has declared a state of emergency which means that fans will be barred from attending the Olympics. This would largely affect the athletes, and IOC president Thomas Bach recently rendered a message to all the participants. 

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While all sporting events around the world have experienced an empty atmosphere over the months, the Olympics is new to the idea. More than a million fans attended various events during the 2016 Rio Olympics, but Tokyo will see zero spectator attendees due to pandemic concerns. 

A torch relay runner receives torch flame during a torch kiss event, after their relay on a public road was cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, during Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay celebration at Hasunuma Seaside Park in Sammu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato

This is indeed dejecting news for the fans who were ready to attend the Tokyo Olympics 2021. But more than them, this new rule would immensely affect the athletes as they’d have to perform in empty arenas. A lot of them might not be used to it and it can hinder performance to some levels. 

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Owing to this, IOC president Thomas Bach delivered an inspiring message to all the Olympians for their understanding of the situation: 

Tokyo Olympics 2021: Thomas Bach backs the decision taken by the Japanese Government 

Thomas Bach landed in Tokyo a few days ago and found it pertinent to deliver a message to all the participating athletes at Tokyo Olympics 2021. He began his statement by mentioning that it was a really difficult decision to avoid fans from attending the events. 

“And I think we all regret the consequences for you, the athletes, but also for the spectators. But it was a decision, which was necessary to ensure safe Olympic Games. And this is why the IOC and the IPC, we both supporting this decision to have safe and secure Olympic Games,” Bach mentioned in a video. 

“I hope we all agree that the most important thing is that these Olympic Games are happening, that you can make your Olympic dream coming through. It will be under very different circumstances, but you will need not to feel alone in this stadium,” he added. 

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Thomas iterated that billions of fans will be watching Tokyo Olympics through different platforms and the support will continue to pour in. Hence, it is important that the athletes don’t lose hope over the lack of audience in the event venues. 

“So I can only encourage you to keep preparing to get ready to start your packing. And then I come here to enjoy very different, but in any case, unique Olympic Games; Tokyo 2020,” Bach informed the athletes. 

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‘Here we go,’ is the task force that has been assigned for the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Thomas Bach is confident about hosting the summer games amid challenging circumstances. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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