The Japanese government accepts that the Tokyo Olympics 2020 has to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Times reports. The newspaper cites an unnamed senior member of the Japanese government’s ruling coalition. It is now focused on taking the next available slot for Tokyo, which is in 2032.
Although hit less severely as compared to other advanced economies, a recent surge in Covid-19 cases prompted the government to close its borders to non-resident foreigners and declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and major cities.
About 80% of the Japanese do not want the Olympics to push through this summer over fears the influx of people from other nations will spread the virus further, according to polls.
With these considerations, the government is seeking a way to save face by announcing a cancellation that leaves the door open to Tokyo hosting at a later date, The Times report said.
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“No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult.” The Times further quoted the source as saying. “Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
There had been no response from Games organizers just as yet. Although Tokyo 2020 organizers and the Japanese government previously vowed to move ahead with the Games preparations, scheduled to open July 23, the sentiment may have changed. (MTVN)
Featured image: Tokyo’s new National Stadium, the Kengo Kuma-designed stage for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.