- 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: "We were a matter of hours away from having to cancel the Paralympics five years ago. The outcry that that caused around the equity and treating the Olympics and Paralympics with the same regard I think that helps us in this situation although with the support from the Japanese government. The support from the Tokyo Metropolitan government and the commitments that the organising committee has been unwavering towards the Paralympics ever since Tokyo won the Games in 2013 and I think they are as excited as we are to deliver a spectacular Paralympic Games at the end of this month."
- 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: LVA009EOL5E87
- 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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