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Olympic Village Is The Heart Of The Games, says Bach

“There is an Olympic village and of course in the village, the heart of the games is usually beating but we are at an unprecedented challenge and I guess that this postponed Olympic Games will need sacrifices, compromises by all the stakeholders.”
29 Mar 2020 12:42
Olympic Village Is The Heart Of The Games, says Bach
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International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach says that anyone who has lived in an Olympic village knows the real Olympic experience.

His comments followed a question at a teleconference on Wednesday where queries were raised on the situation with the Olympic village.

Challenges faced

Bach says this was one of the major challenges faced at the moment that needs to be looked at before the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.

“This is one of the many thousands of questions the task force will have to address, we hope of course and we will do whatever we can.”

“There is an Olympic village and of course in the village, the heart of the games is usually beating but we are at an unprecedented challenge and I guess that this postponed Olympic Games will need sacrifices, compromises by all the stakeholders.”

“We have to find the best possible solution under the circumstances we are living in.”

Experience

Despite this situation he says that they will work together to give the athletes a great Olympic experience and make their Olympic dream come true.

“This is like a huge jig saw puzzle putting together and there every piece has to fit, if you take out one piece the whole puzzle is destroyed.”

“Therefore everything has to come together and everything is important, this is why I really do not envy member of this task force in the work about having seen the proof of the professionalism, the dedication of the organising committee which makes Tokyo the best Olympic city ever.”

“And knowing about professionalism of our nation commission and our Olympics game department I’m really confident that we can also master again the first ever challenge.”

Suggestions

However, he suggests having an Olympic village in the traditional form will give athletes a unique and memorable experience of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.

“I would be of course very delighted if we could have an Olympic village in the traditional form because everybody who has once lived in an Olympic village knows that this is the real Olympic experience.”

“It is a once in a lifetime experience, living under one roof with the whole world sharing your meals together, celebrating together, discussing together and forming this unique Olympic community and this is what’s happening in the Olympic village.”

Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo Olympics Games 2020 is the first ever Olympic game to be postponed.

“Games have never been postponed before, we have no blueprint about that, we are nevertheless confident that we can put beautiful jigsaw puzzle together and then in the end have a wonderful Olympic games.”

The games are likely to happen before the summer in 2021.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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