- Title: Paralympics on track despite rising COVID cases in Japan say organisers
- Date: 2nd August 2021
- Summary: BONN, GERMANY (AUGUST 2, 2021) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) IPC CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, CRAIG SPENCE, SAYING: "I think for the last 18 months we've heard a different rumour on an hourly basis, if we reacted to every rumour we heard we'd never sleep. Now we've got reassurance from the Japanese authorities that when they signed up to deliver these Games they are there to deliver both Games. Now when the Olympics comes to to an end we're only halfway there for the Japanese authorities in delivering this festival of sport, which encompasses the Paralympic Games. So from the relevant authorities and the authorities that matter we've got the reassurances that the Paralympic Games will go ahead."
- Embargoed: 16th August 2021 13:24
- Keywords: COVID-19 Japan Olympics Paralympics Rio Tokyo
- Location: BONN, GERMANY, RIO, BRAZIL, AND TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: BONN, GERMANY, RIO, BRAZIL, AND TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Olympics,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA003EOL5E87
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is confident that the Paralympics will go ahead at the end of this month, a spokesperson said on Monday (August 2), despite rising COVID case numbers in Japan and continued opposition from some members of the public.
The rising case numbers had led some to speculate that the Paralympics may not be held, something denied by Craig Spence of the IPC.
"For the last 18 months we've heard a different rumour on an hourly basis, if we reacted to every rumour we heard we'd never sleep," he said, adding that they had received reassurances from the stakeholders that mattered, including the Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan government.
Spence also said he hoped the huge outcry that followed the near cancellation of the Rio Paralympics in 2016 made it even more unlikely something similar would happen this time around.
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