World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told sports officials when competitions resume on Wednesday that the Tokyo Olympics should not be judged by the number of COVID-19 cases because it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk. Ghebreyesus said in his speech at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting that how the infection was dealt with matters most. He said that in this Covid period, this Olympics can give a ‘message of hope’ to the world.
He said, ‘The sign of success is to ensure that if there is any case, it is identified as soon as possible, isolates, contacts are identified and treated and the risk of further spread of infection is eliminated. Let’s do. Organizers announced eight more infections linked to the Games on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases to 79. Ghebreyesus added, ‘This year the celebration may have faded, but it is more important to get the message of hope across the world.’
He optimistically said, ‘May this game be the moment that unites the world, and increases the solidarity and determination that we need, so that we can end the pandemic together.’ Ghebreyesus said during this time that by the middle of 2022, 70 percent of the population of each country will be fully vaccinated. The Olympic Games are to begin from 23 July. In view of Corona, all sports will be organized without spectators.