Olympics Will go ahead as planned
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have denied reports that the Tokyo Games are set to be cancelled in 2021.
The Games were initially meant to be held in and around the Japanese capital in the summer of 2020 but were postponed by a year when the coronavirus pandemic hit.
According to the Times, the Japanese government had made the decision to cancel the Games in 2021 because of the COVID-19 situation in the country. The IOC then replied.
“Some news reports circulating today are claiming that the Government of Japan has privately concluded that the Tokyo Olympics will have to be cancelled because of the coronavirus. This is categorically untrue,” the IOC said in a statement.
“At an IOC Executive Board meeting in July last year, it was agreed that the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would be held on July 23 this year, and the programme and venues for the Games were rescheduled accordingly.
“All parties involved are working together to prepare for a successful Games this summer.
“We will be implementing all possible countermeasures against COVID-19 and will continue to work closely with the IOC, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in our preparations for holding a safe and secure Games this summer.”
The 2020 Tokyo Games are set to begin on July 23, 2021 and will be followed by the Paralympic Games later in the year.