Japan is not preparing to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics, the government’s prime spokesperson stated Wednesday, emphasizing Tokyo’s resolve to host the event as scheduled regardless of the worldwide pandemic.
Principal Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government would proceed with preparations to hold the July 24-Aug 9 Games as scheduled, working with groups, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
His remarks come amid intensifying concerns about whether the Games can proceed as scheduled, with the rapidly spreading virus denting economies and bringing enterprise and social activity all over the world to a standstill. Many sports activities events have been called off or postponed.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe stated Tuesday that Group of Seven leaders had agreed to support a “complete” Olympics; however, he dodged questions about whether any of the leaders had talked about the possibility of postponement.
The IOC has remained committed to organizing the Tokyo Games as scheduled, saying on Tuesday after a meeting with international sports federations that measures against the coronavirus had been delivering outcomes.
However, it’s dealing with growing voices of dissent from top athletes frightened about their health. COVID-19 has thus far killed over 8,000 people and infected over 200,000 around the world.
A plane sporting Tokyo 2020 livery left Japan to collect the Olympic flame from Athens without high-level authorities on board, reflecting the disruptions the virus is sparking to preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games.