The recent resumption of sports events show they can be organised safely without vaccines, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Thursday.
The Tokyo Olympics were postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus. The pandemic has continued to spread, casting a shadow over the viability of hosting the Games next year.
Olympic boss said that the Tokyo Games could take place next year even without a coronavirus vaccine, pointing to the success of the Tour de France.
"We can see that sport is coming back slowly but surely, and that a number of big events have been successfully organised recently, including matches in different Japanese leagues," he said via video link. "Also, very complex events like the Tour de France and others, which showed to us and showed to the world that we can organise safe sports events even without a vaccine."
But a vaccine and progress in rapid testing "would of course greatly facilitate" holding the event, said Bach.