Local organizers have said they have no back-up plan after the event was postponed by a year because of the coronavirus crisis.
Thomas Bach said, “You cannot forever employ 3,000 to 5,000 people in an organizing committee,” Bach told BBC Sport. “You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty.”
In a wide-ranging interview, Bach also:
IOC's Thomas Bach tells me he understands why the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games would have to be scrapped if it cannot take place next summer.https://t.co/svjGIVInKp pic.twitter.com/3adWYO1KB4
— Dan Roan (@danroan) May 21, 2020
Bach said he hoped the first-ever postponed Games, which are due to take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021, could prove “unique” and send “a message of solidarity among the entire world, coming for the first time together again, and celebrating the triumph over coronavirus”.
“There is no blueprint for it so we have to reinvent the wheel day by day. It’s very challenging and at the same time fascinating.”