“The Japanese government has concluded behind closed doors that the Olympic Games in Tokyo should be canceled due to the corona virus.” That is what an unnamed member of the Japanese government coalition says to the British newspaper The Times.
“The Olympic Games in Tokyo are doomed. The goal now is to find a way to announce the cancellation without losing face and leave open the possibility that Tokyo can host it at a later date. Nobody wants to be the first to do so. says, but the consensus is that it’s too difficult. Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen, ”the source said.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga did not want to comment on the report in the newspaper, but said in the Japanese parliament on Friday that he is working with the city of Tokyo and the Japan Olympic Committee to host the Games on the scheduled start date of July 23.
The Games were initially planned for 2020, but were postponed for a year due to the corona virus. It was already known that further postponement is not possible, and that would mean that the Games would be canceled definitively. Japan would now want to focus on organizing the Olympic Games in 2032, according to the British newspaper.
Publicly, both the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government insist that the Games can go ahead. On Thursday, IOC chairman Thomas Bach expressed his confidence in the continuation of the global sports event. “At this point, we have no reason to believe that the Tokyo Games will not open on July 23 at the Olympic Stadium,” Bach told Japan’s Kyodo News. “That’s why we don’t have a Plan B. We are determined to make these Games safe and successful.”
Japan has been less affected by the pandemic than many other countries, but the number of cases has increased recently. The country has closed its borders to foreigners who don’t live there and has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and the major cities. Polls show that 80 percent of the Japanese are against holding the Olympics this summer.