The Japanese authorities have tacitly concluded that it is necessary to cancel the Olympics in Tokyo, the newspaper Times, citing a senior government source.
According to the newspaper’s source, the Japanese government is looking for an opportunity to announce the cancellation of the Games without losing face. “No one wants to be the first to say it, but the consensus has been reached: it’s too difficult. Personally, I think the Olympics will not happen,” the source said.
He said that after the cancellation, Japan will focus on hosting the Summer Games in Tokyo in 2032. This is the closest Olympics, the organizer of which has not yet been determined.
Yoshiro Mori, head of the Games organizing committee, told the Japanese newspaper The Nishinippon Shimbun that a decision on the fate of the Olympics will be made by March 25, the planned start date of the Olympic torch relay. At the same time, he rejected the possibility of another postponement of the competitions, admitting that the “worst-case scenarios” are being considered.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the organizing committee of the Tokyo Games in late March 2020 announced the postponement of the Summer Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The games are to be held from July 23 to Aug. 8 this year.
On Thursday, IOC head Thomas Bach expressed confidence that the Tokyo Olympics will be held this summer, and International Olympic Committee member Richard Pound assured that the Games will not be canceled, but foreign fans may not be allowed there.