The Government of Japan held private meetings in which it has concluded that the Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled definitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reported this Thursday the British newspaper The Times.
A source consulted by the UK newspaper said that the consensus within the Japanese government is that the games have no possibility of being held in this edition due to the pandemic.
From the side of Japan, they came out to deny the rumors: “I am determined to organize a safe Games while working closely with the Tokyo metropolitan government, the (2020) organizing committee and the IOC, “said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in a session of the upper house of the Japanese parliament.
Suga reiterated that the Games must serve “as proof of humanity’s victory against covid-19.” This Saturday will be exactly six months until its opening ceremony.
According to the rumor of The Times, the Japanese government would seek to ensure the edition of the Tokyo Olympics in the next available year, 2032, since after Tokyo 2021 the editions of 2024 and 2028, respectively, are awarded to Paris and Los Angeles.
From the IOC side, Thomas Bach, assured Kyodo News that the Games are going to be held. “At this time, there is no reason to think that the Games will not open on July 23 at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. That is why we have no plan B and we are fully committed to making these Games safe and successful. “
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