The chairman of the International Olympic Committee (IIC), Thomas Bach, said friday that «everyone is determined to hold the Tokyo Olympic Games» within 6 months, at which point he is waiting for «the end of the tunnel» of the coronavirus pandemic, with the priority of a safe competition.» Six months after the Games, the entire Olympic movement is looking forward to the Opening Ceremony on July 23,» said the top Olympic leader, in a video published by the IIC, after a meeting of the 206 Olympic Committees Nacionales.La meeting took place a few hours after the subject of a possible new cancellation occupied newspapers and media around the world. The information, which came from ‘The Times’, was branded «categorically false» by the Japanese government on Friday. Meanwhile, the IIC said in a statement that the work of all involved is intended for Olympic celebration. Soon after, Bach wanted to put it in his own words, «with the support of the Japanese government and the 206 committees.» «Everyone is determined to hold the Games within six months as the end of the tunnel we’re still in. All the forecasts are good, we are working hard and the priority will be to make them safe for all participants,» he said. Bach further explained that he is «in contact with the athletes» and that he will have a meeting with them in a couple of days. «They are in difficult condition, but excited. They’re getting ready. They will be flexible and adapt to this situation and send an important message to everyone, of resilience, of Olympic passion and their values,» he added.» We prepare for all possible scenarios that we can find on July 23rd. Many issues, the tests, the vaccine, the social distance, the spectators, what life will be like in the Olympic Village. Great championships are being organized, it can be done safely, it’s our priority for the Game,» he said.