Will Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 happen this year ?
Japanese government denies Olympic Games will be cancelled
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary denies a report in The Times on Friday that the Japanese government privately concludes that the Tokyo Olympic games will have to be cancelled because of the coronavirus; Report suggested Japan’s focus is now on securing the Games for Tokyo in 2032.
The Japanese government insists there is “no truth” they have decided the Tokyo Olympics will have to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tokyo 2020 organisers have vowed to stage the rescheduled Games this summer despite much of Japan being under a state of emergency due to a third wave of Covid-19 infections.
The report claims that Japan is vying to host the Olympics in 2032 instead, with 2024 already awarded to Paris and 2028 to Los Angeles.
But in public, both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the board in Tokyo insist the Games will go ahead this year
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said in an interview with Kyodo News on Thursday there is “no Plan B” for Tokyo 2020.
“We have at this moment, no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on the 23rd of July in the Olympic stadium in Tokyo,” Bach said.
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