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WHO and IOC team up to strengthen Olympics 2021 efforts

All precautions and safety measures will be taken ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. (Getty images)

The world has now stepped into a new world of ‘unknowns’ with advent of the COVID-19. The new pandemic has set the world of sports into pandemonium with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021.

Every single precaution will be taken in Tokyo, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Olympic Council (IOC) taking the first move to sign a renewed working agreement, aiming to help promote sport to governments as part of an active and healthy lifestyle.

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Although health experts around the world have questioned how the 33-sport Olympics can be run before an effective global vaccine program is in place, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus looks positively into the horizon and calls for national unity and global solidarity to fight the coronavirus outbreak ahead of the Olympics.

“It is in our hands, but it is not easy. If we do our best, especially with national unity and global solidarity, I think it’s possible.” Tedros said.

Overall, 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries are expected to convene in Japan, together with team officials, the organisers and volunteers.