Tokyo Olympics: We are 3 days away from the start of the Tokyo Games 2021. While some are still doubtful about the pandemic Olympics, coronavirus cases have been on the rise in Japan.
The International Olympic Committee has amended its ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ motto to include the word ‘Together‘, its President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday, highlighting the need for solidarity during difficult times such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have to adapt the motto to our times,” he told a session meeting following the approval of an Olympic Charter amendment.
The motto now reads: ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together‘.
We move forward when we move together.
— Olympics (@Olympics) July 20, 2021
“The collaborative effort is bringing faster and better results than working in silos and protecting each silo from the progress of the other silo,” added Bach.
“This is a milestone in our development and sends a clear signal. We want to put special focus on solidarity.“
The original motto, the Latin ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’, was adopted by the founder of the modern Games Pierre De Coubertin in the 19th century.
The Latin version will become ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius – Communis’.
Tokyo Olympics Covid Cases: 9 More cases in Olympic Village: Organisers of the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday confirmed that a foreign athlete has tested positive for Covid-19 at the Games Athletes’ Village.
- The tally also included an Olympic volunteer for the first time since the committee started compiling figures on July 1, bringing the total number of games-related infections to 67, three days out from the opening ceremony.
- Meanwhile, organizers revealed that of the 21 members of the South African men’s soccer team who were identified as close contacts, three were exempt from self-quarantine after further case investigation and contact tracing.
- Elsewhere, two Mexican baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 before departing for Tokyo, Mexican baseball authorities said Monday. The team, which faces host Japan on July 31, still plans to fly to Tokyo.