The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has lauded the International Olympic Committee for postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the covid-19 pandemic, saying “this is the best way to go.”
According to Dare “The IOC must be commended for postponing the Olympics in the best interest of the whole world. This is in response to the general calls across the globe to have it moved to a time when the virus would have abated.
“As much as we were all looking up to the event, the safety and wellbeing of the athletes, officials and fans alike is of paramount importance. We cannot afford to toy with the lives of millions of people around the world,” he said in a statement.
Dare affirmed that the IOC cannot stand alone and that it had taken the decision in the overall best interest of safety of all Olympic families.
“This decision is an attestation of the fact that the IOC is sensitive and puts premium on the safety of people. This would douse any fear or tension about going against the general consensus which clamoured for a shift in date. We believe that once the pandemic is over, the world can come together in unity to celebrate sports biggest fiesta.
It will be recalled that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abey and IOC President, Thomas Bach at a joint press conference said that the decision to move the Games to a later date was in the best interest of the whole world until the coronavirus crisis ravaging the world is stopped. They resolved that the event would remain in Japan and retain the name Tokyo 2020.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics was earlier billed to begin in July and run through August.