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Switzerland: 'No Olympics anywhere' - activist disrupts IOC news conference00:31

Switzerland: 'No Olympics anywhere' - activist disrupts IOC news conference

Switzerland, Lausanne
May 13, 2021 at 13:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

An activist posing as a Yahoo reporter interrupted an online news conference of the International Olympics Committee in Lausanne on Thursday.

It happened as the IOC's spokesperson Mark Adams was speaking to media a day after an executive board meeting.

The man labeling himself David O'Brien held up a black scarf which read: "No Olympics in Tokyo 2020" before he was quickly cut off.

Later an organisation calling itself "NOlympics LA" took responsbility for the incident on social media.

The incident comes amid growing concern over the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as less than 3% of Japan's total population have been vaccinated thus far with new cases rising sharply in the country's capital.

The International Olympic Committee insisted it is choosing to "move fully ahead" with the Games despite concerns.

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An activist posing as a Yahoo reporter interrupted an online news conference of the International Olympics Committee in Lausanne on Thursday.

It happened as the IOC's spokesperson Mark Adams was speaking to media a day after an executive board meeting.

The man labeling himself David O'Brien held up a black scarf which read: "No Olympics in Tokyo 2020" before he was quickly cut off.

Later an organisation calling itself "NOlympics LA" took responsbility for the incident on social media.

The incident comes amid growing concern over the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as less than 3% of Japan's total population have been vaccinated thus far with new cases rising sharply in the country's capital.

The International Olympic Committee insisted it is choosing to "move fully ahead" with the Games despite concerns.