On Friday, the Instances of London, citing an unnamed senior member of the ruling coalition, reported that Japanese authorities had privately concluded that the Olympics couldn’t proceed because of the ongoing pandemic. CNN has not independently verified this report, which officers in Tokyo have been fast to refute.
In a press release, the Tokyo 2020 organizers stated that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had expressed to them his willpower to carry the Video games, and that conferences have been ongoing to make sure that they might go forward whereas implementing thorough an infection countermeasures and different precautions because of the pandemic.
“All our supply companions together with the nationwide authorities, the Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the IOC and the IPC are totally centered on internet hosting the Video games this summer time,” the assertion stated. “We hope that every day life can return to regular as quickly as doable, and we’ll proceed to make each effort to arrange for a secure and safe Video games.”
Talking in parliament Friday morning, Suga stated the Video games “shall be an emblem of humanity overcoming the novel coronavirus, and an opportunity to showcase Japan’s reconstruction from the devastating (2011) earthquake and tsunami to the world.”
“We’re decided to work carefully along with the Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, and the IOC to comprehend a secure and safe Olympics,” Suga stated.
Different Olympic officers have been additionally fast to disclaim the claims made by the Instances.
“Sadly I want to deal with the unfounded rumor that the Tokyo Video games shall be canceled,” Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll informed reporters Friday. “Rumors which can be incorrect create extra nervousness for athletes in our sports activities. The Tokyo Video games are on. The flames shall be lit on the 23rd of July 2021. This has been simply reconfirmed once more by the Japanese Prime Minister this afternoon.”
In a thread on Twitter, Canadian Olympic chief David Shoemaker stated his crew was “unaware of any resolution taken by the Japanese authorities as is being reported.”
“The Canadian Olympic Committee has confidence that the Video games might be staged safely and efficiently given what has been discovered in sport during the last a number of months and the emphasis the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee have positioned on Covid-19 countermeasures,” he stated. “We proceed in our preparation to take part at Tokyo 2020 with a concentrate on the well being and security of our athletes, their households, and their communities.”