Pedestrians wearing masks walk past the Olympic rings in Tokyo, Japan, March 12, 2020.
Pedestrians wearing masks walk past the Olympic rings in Tokyo, Japan, March 12, 2020.
Xinhua/Du Xiaoyi

BEIJING -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach stressed it's too early to decide the fate of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in a teleconference with representatives of athletes on Wednesday, former Olympic champion Yang Yang told Xinhua.

About 200 representatives from the international federations, athletes and Athletes Commissions of related Olympic organizing committees attended the two-hour teleconference with IOC members of relevant departments. Yang joined as chair of Athletes Commissions of Beijing 2022.

According to Yang, Bach said on that he understood that speculation over postponing or even cancelling Tokyo 2020 has interrupted the athletes' preparation for the Games.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference in Olympic House after the closing of the IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 4, 2020.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference in Olympic House after the closing of the IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 4, 2020.
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The president went on to explain that the IOC will not insist on holding the Games out of economic concerns, which could be dealt by IOC's risk management and insurance. Right now, the organization is keeping close cooperation with relevant authorities including the World Health Organization to evaluate if the situation is suitable for hosting the Games.

The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee is committed to host the Games as scheduled, which they believe will bring hope to people in difficult times, Bach told the athletes.

Bach explained changes made in the Olympic quota allocation due to cancellation of qualifying tournament to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and responded to some athletes' concerns that they did not receive enough support from their national Olympic committee during this special time.

The second torchbearer Mizuki Noguchi, gold medalist in the women's marathon at the 2004 Athens Olympics, holds the torch after the flame lighting ceremony for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Olympia, Greece, March 12, 2020.
The second torchbearer Mizuki Noguchi, gold medalist in the women's marathon at the 2004 Athens Olympics, holds the torch after the flame lighting ceremony for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Olympia, Greece, March 12, 2020.
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The IOC noted that more frequent anti-doping tests will be carried out to keep the Olympics clean in case some athletes take advantage of the closing of anti-doping labs in some countries and regions due to the pandemic, which was also the concern raised by representatives on the teleconference.

As newly-elected vice president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Yang also emphasized that WADA will support Tokyo 2020 in cracking down on doping.

Bach reiterated that it's too early to decide the fate of Tokyo 2020 at the end of the teleconference, according to Yang.

The IOC has been having teleconference with shareholders including international federations, representatives athletes and national Olympic committees since Tuesday.

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