During the day of the lighting of the Olympic Flame, the IOC confirmed its full commitment to the success of the 2020 Games.

“The IOC is proud of the solidarity and flexibility showed by the athletes, the International Federations and the National Olympic Committees, which are managing challenges with the qualification system in a number of sports.

“We are addressing them together. The IOC is cooperating closely with all those concerned and demonstrating all the flexibility needed to adapt the qualification systems.

“We are also working with all other stakeholders (including Rights-Holding Broadcasters and sponsors) in order to address the current situation.

“We remain in close contact with the World Health Organization (WHO), the host city of Tokyo, the government of Japan and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee through our joint task force, which was set up in mid-February.

“The IOC will continue to follow the advice of WHO, as the leading United Nations agency on this topic,” explained the IOC in a statement

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