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Tokyo 2021: organizers deny discussions on cancellation of the Olympics

2021-01-12T07:25:47.072Z

In a recent study, 45% of respondents wanted the Games to be postponed again a second time and 35% said they were in favor.



This is, according to the director general of the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Toshiro Muto, "false information".

The latter denied, in a speech to the staff of Tokyo-2020, the holding of discussions in February about a possible cancellation of the Olympics scheduled for July, after their postponement last year due to the pandemic.

In a speech to Tokyo-2020 staff, Toshiro Muto, said it was only Japanese media speculation that the fate of the Olympics should be discussed in February with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“When this kind of information comes to light, some people may feel worried,” he said.

"I want to say that we don't think that way at all and that these articles are bogus."

State of emergency declared in Tokyo

Toshiro Muto also downplayed the significance of a poll published on Sunday reporting a further drop in Japanese public support for the Games.

Faced with a sharp local upsurge in coronavirus cases and the presence of a worrying variant, Japan declared a state of emergency last week in Tokyo and its bordering regions, which further heightened skepticism of the public opinion towards the Olympic Games.

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In the latest Kyodo press agency poll, 45% of those polled wanted the Games to be postponed a second time and 35% said they were in favor of outright cancellation.

Toshiro Muto tried to put a positive spin on this poll: "The number of people asking for the Games to be postponed has increased a lot, but it means that these people still want the Games to be held".

“Of course, for them to take place, we need to ensure that we have a safe Games with measures against the virus.

If you think about it that way, I firmly believe that more and more people will come around to this idea ”.

The former great British rower Matthew Pinsent called on Monday to postpone the holding of the next summer Olympics, by organizing those in Tokyo in 2024, those in Paris in 2028 and those in Los Angeles in 2032.

Source: leparis

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