Thursday, 20 Jun 2024

News | BWF Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is confident in its ability to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this year, despite concerns over COVID-19. At the IOC Executive Board (EB) meeting, IOC President Thomas Bach expressed the organization’s commitment to the success of the Games and encouraged athletes to prepare wholeheartedly. The IOC has implemented several measures to address the coronavirus situation, including the formation of a joint task force with Tokyo 2020, the city of Tokyo, the Japanese government, and the World Health Organization (WHO). These measures are in line with Tokyo’s plans to ensure a safe and secure event. According to IOC Presidential spokesperson Mark Adams, there is currently no international travel ban, and the Games are expected to proceed as scheduled.

The possibility of postponing the Games was raised by Japan’s Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto, but she emphasized that efforts are being made to ensure everything proceeds according to plan. Some badminton qualifying tournaments have been canceled due to the outbreak, but the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships will proceed as scheduled. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has been actively communicating with various stakeholders, including Member Associations, tournament organizers, sponsors, as well as the WHO, IOC, and International Paralympic Committee (IPC), to align on global and regional measures related to COVID-19. The BWF has also released a set of Frequently Asked Questions to address concerns within the badminton community regarding the impact of COVID-19 on players, teams, regulations, rankings, and reimbursement in case of tournament cancellation or postponement.

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FAQs

Q: Will the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games be postponed?
A: At this time, the IOC is fully committed to hosting the Games as planned. Efforts are being made to ensure the event is safe and secure for all participants.

Q: Are there any international travel bans affecting the Games?
A: Currently, there are no international travel bans in place that would impede the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Q: How is the Badminton World Federation (BWF) addressing the COVID-19 situation?
A: The BWF is in frequent communication with key stakeholders and organizations such as Member Associations, tournament hosts, sponsors, the WHO, IOC, and IPC to implement necessary global and regional measures.

Summary

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is confident in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games proceeding as scheduled. Despite concerns over COVID-19, measures have been put in place to ensure the safety and security of all participants. The IOC, along with Tokyo 2020, the city of Tokyo, the Japanese government, and the WHO, has formed a joint task force to address the situation. The Games have not been postponed, and there are currently no international travel bans affecting the event. The BWF is actively engaged with stakeholders to implement appropriate measures and has released Frequently Asked Questions to address concerns within the badminton community. The YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships will proceed as planned. For more information, visit Carnegiecentre.com.