Olympics 2021: Japan determined to hold Tokyo Games despite cancellation rumors

On Friday, the Times of London, pointing out an unnamed senior member of the judgment union, reported that Japanese authorities had actually independently concluded that the Olympics might not continue due to the continuous pandemic. CNN has actually not separately validated this report, which authorities in Tokyo fasted to refute.
In a declaration, the Tokyo 2020 organizers stated that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had actually revealed to them his decision to hold the Games, which conferences were continuous to guarantee that they might proceed while carrying out extensive infection countermeasures and other preventative measures due to the pandemic.

“All our delivery partners including the national government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the IOC and the IPC are fully focused on hosting the Games this summer,” the declaration stated. “We hope that daily life can return to normal as soon as possible, and we will continue to make every effort to prepare for a safe and secure Games.”

Speaking in parliament Friday early morning, Suga stated the Games “will be a symbol of humanity overcoming the novel coronavirus, and a chance to showcase Japan’s reconstruction from the devastating (2011) earthquake and tsunami to the world.”

“We are determined to work closely together with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, and the IOC to realize a safe and secure Olympics,” Suga stated.

Other Olympic authorities were likewise fast to reject the claims made by the Times.

“Unfortunately, I need to address unfounded rumors that Tokyo Games will be canceled, rumors that only create more anxiety for the athletes in our sports,” Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll informed press reporters Friday. “The Tokyo Games are on. The flames will be lit on the 23rd of July 2021. This has been just reconfirmed again by the Japanese Prime Minister this afternoon.”

In a thread on Twitter, Canadian Olympic chief David Shoemaker stated his group was “unaware of any decision taken by the Japanese government as is being reported.”

“The Canadian Olympic Committee has confidence that the Games can be staged safely and successfully given what has been learned in sport over the last several months and the emphasis the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee have placed on Covid-19 countermeasures,” he stated. “We continue in our preparation to participate at Tokyo 2020 with a focus on the health and safety of our athletes, their families, and their communities.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.