Former IOC vice president says UN could rule on Tokyo GamesPTI | Sydney | Updated: 17-01-2021 08:48 IST | Created: 17-01-2021 08:48 IST
Tokyo and other parts of Japan are under emergency orders with about 4,200 deaths in the country attributed to COVID-19.
Gosper, still an honorary IOC member, made the suggestion to Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
''If you were looking for a third party that recognizes that this has gone beyond being an issue just related to sport, or just related to national interest, by virtue of the global COVID (pandemic) and its impact then their could be a case to go the United Nations and seek their involvement in arbitrating whether the games go ahead or not,'' Gosper told the ABC's “The Ticket” program.
The IOC and local organizers have said the Olympics cannot be postponed again. They will be canceled this time if they can't be held.
''We've done this before in the IOC, we've gone to the United Nations to give us assistance,'' Gosper said. ''Because we are talking about something that potentially is going to involve representatives from 205 countries.'' Gosper did not indicate he had contacted the United Nations, and it's not clear the body would enter into what is an intense political issue in Japan.
The IOC has seen its income flow stalled by the postponement. The Switzerland-based sports body gets 73% of its income from TV rights, and another 18% from sponsors.
Tokyo organizers say they have many “countermeasures” to fight COVID-19 and hold the Olympics, but they have offered no concrete plans. They have promised more details in the northern hemisphere spring.
It is unclear if fans from abroad will be allowed, or if Japan-based fans will be permitted to attend events.
One key date will be March 25 when the torch relay is to start in Japan. It will involve 10,000 runners across the country. Many see this as a deadline for deciding to go forward or to cancel.
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