Tokyo 2020 preparing to deliver Games with COVID-19: CEO Muto

first_imgMuto said that although organizers hoped the threat posed by the virus could be reduced, nobody knows what the situation will be when the Games start on July 23, 2021.Organizers are assuming coronavirus will remain a major problem.”It is rather difficult for us to expect that the coronavirus pandemic is contained,” Muto told Reuters. “But if we can deliver the Games in Tokyo with coronavirus, Tokyo can be the role model for the next Olympic Games or other various international events.”Muto said he hoped Tokyo 2020 could be the benchmark in a post-pandemic world. Tokyo Olympics organizers are preparing to host the Games next year even if the global coronavirus pandemic hasn’t eased substantially, organizing committee chief executive Toshiro Muto told Reuters on Tuesday.The Tokyo Olympics had been scheduled to start on Friday but were put back to 2021 because of the pandemic.Since then, organizers have scrambled to rearrange an event that has been almost a decade in the making whilst trying to ensure next year’s Olympics are safe for athletes, officials and supporters. Topics :center_img “By delivering the Games successfully in Tokyo we strongly hope that can create a legacy that is in the history of mankind.”New sponsorsThe delay to the Games will incur additional costs for organizers.The International Olympic Committee has already estimated that the postponement will cost them $800 million but the Japanese side has been less forthcoming in giving exact figures.Muto said the final figure wouldn’t be known until December but hoped that bringing on new sponsors, despite the grim economic forecast, would help bridge the gap.“I know that businesses are in dire circumstances because of coronavirus but still there are companies who are coming forward to say they want to sponsor the Games, which we appreciate very much,” Muto said.”It is a bright piece of news.”On Wednesday, Tokyo 2020 announced that Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world, is joining as a new Games sponsor.Muto said he hoped all of Tokyo 2020’s current sponsors would extend their contracts until the start of the Games next year, although this will come at a cost.A poll conducted by Japanese public broadcaster NHK last month found two-thirds of Tokyo 2020’s corporate sponsors were undecided on whether to continue their support.”We are hoping that there will be additional contributions [from existing sponsors] in terms of sponsorship fee because of the postponement of a year,” Muto said. “We would appreciate a lot if they agree to this.”Muto did not give the names of any other new sponsors.September meetingsThe Games were already set to cost more than 1.35 trillion yen before the postponement, and increased spending might further alienate a public already skeptical of an Olympics they once embraced.A recent poll conducted by Kyodo News found that fewer than one in four favored holding the Games as scheduled next year.Muto said meetings would be held starting in September, with members of the Japanese government and the local Tokyo Metropolitan Government on how best to rebuild support for the Games.”By making a nationwide effort to implement all possible, conceivable measures to battle coronavirus, the people of the world will be able to come to Tokyo with a peace of mind,” he said. “Once we create such an environment, I think people’s opinions will change.” last_img read more

Hamilton on pole for Brazilian GP

first_imgHe’ll share the front row with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.The German will take the drivers’ championship if he wins the race in Sao Paulo.last_img

New Middle Level School Dedicated in Monrovia

first_imgA new middle level school (K1-8th grade) with international standards was over the weekend dedicated in Monrovia to complement the Ministry of Education (MOE’s) efforts to take the country’s education system from “mess to best.”The Cyber-Ed Christian School of Excellence (CSS), which operates on the motto, “Striving for Excellence in Learning and Life,” is a private international school based on Christian principles, according to the founder, Soni Karnga Williams.Mrs. Williams is not alone in the running of the school. She works with her co-founder, Michelle Wento, and a partner, Dr. Clarice Kulah. To ensure that the school achieves its objective of maintaining international standards, the three Liberian women have hired highly qualified instructors, including J. Emmett Chapin. Mr. Chapin, a Liberian, was referred to by CSS administration as the “pioneer” teacher, because about two years ago he was one of those who started the process that led to Friday’s dedication. Other instructors are Emmanuel Carford, a science teacher, Nada Gorsaka London, self-contained K-Classes teacher and Tomah Kennedy a Liberian responsible for first graders. Defang Gladys, a Cameroonian, will teach Bible and French, Amelia Richards serves as Assistant Administrator and a teacher for Arts and Crafts, and Mercy Jackson is assigned to teach Language Arts. “We utilize technology based online educational programs as well as the arts and more traditional methods to teach Kindergarten to 8th core curriculum that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the development of strong communication skills,” founder Williams explained.“This blended and holistic approach to education,” Williams said, “allows our students to successfully compete with their counterparts in the rest of the world and develop a lifelong love of learning in academics and the arts.”The goal of CSS is to help catapult Liberia into the 21st century by offering students the opportunity to acquire the highest quality education in a rich environment of challenging courses.“Our flexible approach utilizes a combination of animated lessons and interactive activities through web-based programs and the arts to make learning dynamic and fun,” Dr. Kulah interjected.She said CSS’s mission is to help each child come into confident possession of his/her innate talents, acquire the skills needed for success in college anywhere in the world, and establish values that will allow him/her to be a God fearing, disciplined, self-confident contributor to the advancement of his/her community. CSS philosophy is based on the core beliefs that the Bible is God’s written word which is infallible and authoritative and is the only rule for Christian faith and conduct, and the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more