— Published 22 June 2021

WHO enters the discussion


With one month to go before the opening of the Tokyo Games (July 23rd to August 8th), the World Health Organisation (WHO) is inviting itself into the debate and discussions on the measures to be put in place during the Olympic and Paralympic events. Michael Ryan, its head of sanitary emergency programmes, explained during a press conference that the WHO will be taking part in a joint meeting this week with the IOC, the organising committee and the capital’s authorities. At the top of the agenda will be sanitary measures for the Games in Tokyo, including diagnosis, screening and surveillance methods. Michael Ryan reiterated WHO’s full support for the Japanese organisers, stressing that the infection rate in Japan has been steadily declining over the past two weeks, and remains lower than in other countries with recent high-profile sporting events.