Kevan Gosper, a former International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president, has suggested that the United Nations (UN) might be involved in deciding whether or not the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games should ultimately take place. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its recent resurgence in many countries, Japan included, is leaving uncertainty over the actual chances that the event will take place. Tokyo and the other Japanese cities of Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba, where the Games are due to be held, entered into a state of emergency on Jan. 8. Gosper, now an honorary IOC member, said that the IOC could seek advice from a third party, such as the UN, that is unrelated to national interests and therefore well positioned to arbitrate on whether the Games should go ahead. As previously reported by SGI Europe, a senior member of the IOC, Dick Pound, recently claimed that prioritizing athletes for the vaccine would be the “most realistic way” to ensure that the Games can go ahead. Meanwhile, as also reported by SGI Europe, a telephone poll by Kyodo News has shown that around 80 percent of the Japanese people would like this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo to be postponed or even cancelled.