Today, Friday, a Japanese government official denied what was mentioned in a British news report about the Japanese government’s decision to cancel the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo due to the emerging coronavirus pandemic crisis.
The British newspaper “The Times” reported that the Japanese government has agreed that the next Olympic Games are doomed to failure, and that Tokyo is now seeking to host the Olympiad in 2032, which is the next possible opportunity in front of the Japanese capital.
The newspaper reported that a prominent member of the ruling coalition in Japan, who did not mention his name, revealed this to her.
“The Times” added that the focus is currently on finding “a way to announce the cancellation, that saves face and keeps the door open to the possibility of Tokyo hosting the Olympics at a later time.”
The newspaper added that the source told her, “Nobody wants to be the first to say this, and everyone sees it as a very difficult thing.”
Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Manabu Sakai denied the report, during a press conference.
Sakai said, “We would like to completely deny (what the report stated) by saying that this is not true … Of course we have to take the situation abroad into consideration, and at some point we will make our decision on holding the event, but until that time, the Japanese government will give everything. It must be done. “
The Corona pandemic crisis forced the International Olympic Committee and Japan to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, to be held this year.
The Olympiad is supposed to begin on July 23 and the Paralympics begin on August 24.
It should be noted that Tokyo is currently experiencing a state of emergency, as it has suffered from a significant rise in cases of Corona infection in recent months.