IOC expects international fans at Tokyo Games, investigating Belarus athlete discrimination claims

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VIDEO SHOWS: BROLL OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE HEADQUARTERS / BROLL OF IOC EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING / SOUNDBITES FROM IOC PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH ON PROSPECT OF INTERNATIONAL FANS AT THE TOKYO OLYMPICS AND ACTIONS THE IOC IS TAKING REGARDING CLAIMS OF POLITICAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ATHLETES IN BELARUS / SOUNDBITE FROM THE IOC'S OLYMPIC GAMES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHE DUBI ON DEADLINE FOR DECISION REGARDING INTERNATIONAL FANS

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (OCTOBER 7, 2020) (IOC - PLEASE SEE RESTRICTIONS ABOVE BEFORE USE)

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (OCTOBER 7, 2020) (IOC - ACCESS ALL)

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- Now, we are working currently on the basis that, of course, there will also be international spectators. Again, what we do not know is whether we can fill the stadia to full capacity or whether there are other measures would have to be applied. We saw there a very encouraging start of some of the leagues in Japan in the last couple of weeks with a good number of spectators.

And then we have to see, again, how, with the additional tools that we will have at our disposal the next year, in particular, the rapid testing in this case, how we can fill the stadia and how much we can fill the stadia.

- So we have not established any timeline. It is really premature at this stage to say, at this date, we need to have such a decision. What is really important, though, is that the work that is currently being done in Tokyo by the government, with the Tokyo municipal government and the organizers, is extremely thorough looking into all the operations and for each client groups.

And at the end of the year, they will have a lot of clarity of what to do from an operational standpoint, from transportation, to spectators, food and beverage, every single detail at that point in time we will have a much clearer picture.

We obviously have a role to play as well. We have an input because there is a lot of expertise coming from previous games that do help the organizers to prepare for these different scenarios. So I would say by December, we have a clearer picture.

How the situation unfolds over spring and closer to the Games remains to be seen, but as you said, President, there is a lot of confidence because of these new elements regarding rapid testing and the vaccines, which obviously will help a lot in the circumstances. So no deadline, but a clearer picture in December, and then we'll move into spring and summer to establish, finally, the policies for the Games.

- We are very concerned about the information we are getting. And, again, the last ones last night, this is why we are looking into it and we will strengthen our investigation because here, what we are hearing there is that, in fact, athletes are saying that they are discriminated by their NOC just for political reasons.

And nondiscrimination is an essential value of the Olympic movement and of the Olympic charter. This is why we are so concerned and this is why we are taking it so seriously.

You know, we are a civil, nongovernmental organization and our mandate is limited to sport. So we have neither the mandate nor the capability to change the laws of the political system, including the laws of a sovereign country, and will therefore not comment on the political developments in any country.

But we are taking very seriously the mandate we have to ensure that the NOC of any country respects the Olympic charter and that its athletes are enjoying the rights in relation and in compliance with the Olympic charter. That means in particular that they are not discriminated for their political views.

Therefore, the EB, based on this new information that we got from individual athletes, the EB have decided that we will continue and strengthen our investigation to determine whether the NOC has fulfilled and is fulfilling its obligations towards these athletes as per the Olympic charter and as they have committed to do in these answers before to our latest.

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Welcome to all of you to our in the meantime regular and traditional almost monthly executive board meeting. And thank you in particular to all of you who have to get up so early in the morning or to stay up late in the night.