Tokyo Olympics will be cancelled
Japanese government ‘has privately concluded the Games cannot go ahead this summer’ after they were
postponed from last year
The Times quotes a senior member from the ruling Japanese government who says the aim is now to secure the
next available Games in 2032. The coronavirus pandemic already forced the event back a year, but the unnamed
official believes Tokyo 2021 is also doomed.
According to the report, the aim now is to ‘find a face-saving way of announcing the cancellation’ that allows the
capital to host at a later date.
The source is quoted as saying: “No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult.
“Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
And speaking to Reuters, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said only that there is hope Covid vaccinations will have
a “positive effect” on the city’s ability to host the games as planned in six months.
“Once vaccinations are conducted widely in the U.S. and Europe, I think there is no doubt that it will have a
positive effect (on the Games),” he said.
“However, it doesn’t solve everything. “We are hopeful about the vaccines, but at the same time, I think it is
inappropriate to be totally dependent on it,” he added.
The interview with Muto took place before reports emerged suggesting the Japanese government had made the
decision to postpone the games.
In an interview with Japan’s Nishi Nippon newspaper on Thursday, Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said a
decision on whether the Games would go ahead this year would come before the torch relay starts.
However, Muto stressed t that this was not the case and no time frame had been discussed.
“Same as cancellation, the postponement hasn’t been (discussed),” he said.
“There is no connection between the torch relay and such decisions.” Publicly, both the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) and the Japanese ruling coalition have said the Games will go ahead as planned.