To compete first signed “life and death”? The International Olympic Committee requires East Olympians to sign a waiver of liability

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a coordination meeting with athletes in Geneva and proposed that participating athletes should be obliged to sign a waiver of liability, equivalent to a “life and death” letter, so that the organizers cannot be held accountable even if they are infected with the disease, but this was questioned by some athletes.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed until the end of July this year due to the impact of the Chinese Communist virus (COVID-19), but the outbreak in Japan continues to burn. The local time 27, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Geneva held a coordination meeting of athletes, the participating athletes are obliged to sign the equivalent of “life and death” exemption letter, even if infected with the disease can not be held responsible for the organizers, but some athletes questioned.

According to the Japanese news agency Kyodo News on 28th, the IOC asked the participants to sign a waiver of liability, including “because the risks and effects of the epidemic cannot be completely ruled out, the participants are asked to agree to take responsibility for it.

IOC Chief Operating Officer Lana Haddad said the same request had been made for previous Olympics and other major events, “In the face of virus infection, no country and no health department can guarantee absolute safety, which is a risk we should all assume. And stressed that this is a consistent practice.

The U.S. athlete commissioner representative asked a question about the submission of such consent forms by athletes, many of whom have doubts, “I don’t recall (previous Olympics) ever requiring signatures on heat or epidemics.” International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach responded that the Olympic Games in which he competed “must also be signed.

According to the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK), Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said that if the Eastern Olympics were postponed again, it would basically be a completely different Olympics, and the willingness and physical strength of the competitors would change, making it difficult for the Eastern Olympics to be postponed again.