The Japanese government will likely cancel the Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
A local newspaper in Japan reported that Japan’s government has privately decided that the Olympics will have to be cancelled due to the pandemic, and the government will focus in securing the next Games in the next available year or for 2032.
Prior to the report, the Japanese government has consistently stated that it would press ahead with preparations for the Olympics that was scheduled to open in July 23. The Games should have opened in March last year.
However, the United States Olympic Committees said on Friday it still remained focused on preparing for the Games.
“Any official communication on the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will come from the IOC, Tokyo Organizing Committee and the Japanese government,” the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee wrote on Twitter.
“We have not received any information suggesting the Games will not happen as planned, and our focus remains on the health and preparedness of Team USA athletes ahead of the Games this summer,” it added.
Last week, the head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee said it is “absolutely impossible” to postpone this year’s Olympics even amid Covid-19 pandemic.
“Having even a slight sense of uncertainty impacts everything. All I can say is that we will go ahead with our preparations,” Yoshiro Mori said.
The hosting of the Tokyo Olympics is estimated to cost $15.8 billion. SOVEREIGNPH