The Japanese authorities confirmed today their commitment to host the Tokyo Olympics this summer, denying what was circulated in a report published by an American newspaper about the possibility of canceling it.
The German news agency (DPA) quoted a Japanese government spokesman as saying, "The report published by the American Times newspaper about the existence of discussions in the Japanese government to cancel the Olympics is incorrect."
While Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Manabu Sakai responded to the Times by saying, "We categorically deny this report." Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike emphasized that there is no talk of canceling or postponing the Olympics, which requires submitting an objection to the Times report.
In turn, the Olympic Organizing Committee denied the newspaper’s report, confirming that all its partners, including the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee, are completely focused on hosting the Olympiad on time.
Matt Carroll, chief executive of the Australian Olympic Committee, said, "Unfortunately, unfounded rumors that the Tokyo Olympics will be canceled must be answered. They are rumors that only cause athletes concern."
It is noteworthy that the Olympiad was scheduled to be held in the summer of 2020, but it was postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the Corona virus pandemic.