IOC plans to hold cancelled Tokyo session remotely

Olympics (AFP)
Olympics (AFP)

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday revealed plans to hold its next session initially scheduled for Tokyo before the opening of the 2020 Games by video link to be streamed live on 17 July.

A statement from the IOC's Lausanne headquarters said a remote session was on the cards after this year's Games were delayed a year and because of the "measures being implemented in Switzerland and around the world to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic".

"The IOC Executive Board (EB) will discuss holding the 136th IOC Session remotely through a secure electronic system on Friday 17 July 2020, from 12 to 4 p.m. CEST; and the plan is for it to be live streamed," the statement read.

The agenda and organisation of the IOC Session, including a secure electronic voting system, will be worked out by the EB who hold their next meeting remotely on 14 May.

The Tokyo Games scheduled for 24 July to 9 August were postponed on 24 March for one year due to the virus which has killed over 250 000 around the world.

Last week Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said it would be "difficult" to hold the postponed Olympics if the coronavirus pandemic was not contained.

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