According to IOC’s Dick Pound, lack of spectators is not going to diminish Games
Canadian says most people will follow the Games on their screens
Dick Pound, a senior Canadian member of the International Olympic Committee said there would be a lack of spectators, but this issue would not influence the Games. He explained that the lack of crowds was irrelevant.
Based on the rules that have been made to control the pandemic, no members of the public are permitted to watch the Games live, but Pound told CBC that it would not affect competitions and ceremonies.
Pound had an interview with CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault on Thursday. He referred to the opening ceremony which was held on Friday and said the crowd was mostly unnecessary.
He said every once in a while, the crowd was given some lights to wave around.
Seats will not be empty
The 68,000-seat Tokyo Olympic Stadium will not be filled with spectators, but around 10,000 government and IOC officials are going to be in attendance.
Pound said by having the president and secretary of seven international sports federations, the world would not go to an end, considering all these concerns, it seemed that someone was interested in making a mountain out of that molehill.
Athletes might not be at the ceremony
Earlier, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) stated that because of different health and safety protocols, out of a contingent of 370 Canadian athletes, only about 30 to 40 athletes would be present in the opening ceremony. Eric Myles, COC chief sport officer said it is because athletes would arrive in the Olympic Village five days before their competitions, some of them might not be able to be at Friday’s ceremony. And also others would be focused on their upcoming competition.
Spectators watch this Olympics through the screens
Pound stated that they had organized the ceremony suitable for TV events. So, the absence of spectators won’t affect the quality of the ceremony.
At the same time, soccer and softball have started the competitions without any spectators. According to Pound, people from all over the world can watch and enjoy the Games on their screens as well. About Ninety-nine point five percent of people all over the world will experience Tokyo through TV or many other platforms.
Pound explained that it was not important whether there were spectators or not, they would focus on the action itself. Also, he added that just like what we witnessed in North America, crowd noise can be created. But he accepted that nothing is like the presence of athletes’ families and friends in the stadium. He said you could fake the crowd noise but you could not fake moms and dads and that was a certain thing. That issue was disappointing.
The possibility of an outbreak
Pound is not worried about a possible COVID-19 outbreak. Until this moment, about 91 people who were related to the Olympics have tested positive since the beginning of July. Everyone accepts that if an outbreak occurs, an entire team or key athletes might be knocked out of an event because of the positive cases.
Pound said if that happened, that happened, that was a health problem and that would be bad for that particular country. He believed that nothing was more important than the health and safety of everybody else. Instead, he said he is worried that social media might influence public opinion on Tokyo 2020.
He said if people realize that they had been uninformed, they would become unnecessary. Then you could say that issue was what you wished for.