Tokyo games do go

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The organizers of the Tokyo Olympic Games denied yesterday that discussions were being held in February about a possible cancellation of the event, scheduled for July and August this year after being postponed in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic.

This is "false information", said the director general of the organizing committee, Toshiro Muto, referring to speculation in the Japanese media.

According to these media, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) must discuss in February whether the Olympic Games are held or not.

"When that kind of information comes to the surface, some people can feel uneasy," Muto said. "I mean that we do not think at all that way and that those articles are false," he added.

For his part, the president of the organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, quoted by the Kyodo agency, estimated that it is "absolutely impossible" to postpone the Games after the heavy investments, particularly in the human aspect, made so far.

Mori said Japan should determine, based on the evolution of the pandemic, whether to accept foreign spectators at the Olympics and Paralympics. "We will have to make a difficult decision between February and March about the presence of the public at the Games," Mori said.

AFP

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