Japan’s Olympic minister ‘absolutely’ rules out cancelling or postponing Tokyo 2020


All sports events are cancelled worldwide due COVID-19.

But the suggestion of cancellation or postponing of the Olympics for a year by US President Donald Trump was immediately dismissed by Seiko Hashimoto, Japan’s Olympic minister. The minister said that the IOC and the organizing committee have decided that the Tokyo Olympics will be held on time.

The Olympic games are scheduled to take place from July 24 August 9 and Paralympics 25 August to September 6.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also insisted that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will go ahead as planned in the wake of multiple sporting events all over the world being cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it does not plan any “drastic” decisions and remains fully committed the Games. “As best we can — so athletes will have no confusion or uncertainty — we will put in our maximum effort,” Hashimoto said.

The IOC oversaw an Olympic flame-lighting ceremony on Thursday in Greece, another sign it hopes to go ahead in 4 1/2 months. The flame is to arrive in Japan on March 20 and will begin a four-month relay around the country on March 26.


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