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2021-01-22T05:10:28.203Z

The Times claims that the Japanese government has decided in closed talks to cancel the hosting of the games due to the increase in morbidity. Chairman of the Olympic Committee: "There is no second program"



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Report: Tokyo Olympics canceled.

Thomas Bach denies: "There is no change in plans"

The Times claims that the Japanese government has decided in closed talks to cancel the hosting of the games due to the increase in morbidity.

Chairman of the Olympic Committee: "There is no second program"

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Japanese Prime Minister confirms: Tokyo Olympics postponed this year (Photo: Reuters, edited by Assaf Drori)

Will the Corona virus lead to the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics?

The British Times reported this morning (Friday) that in closed-door talks between senior Japanese government officials, the host country decided to withdraw from hosting the Games due to the country's morbidity situation, and try to compete for hosting the Games again ahead of the 2032 Olympics



. , Scheduled to open on July 23, but Japan is in the midst of a third wave and has declared a state of emergency in most parts of the country - causing pessimism about the possibility that the games will open on time, if at all.



"No one wants to be the first to say that, but everyone agrees that hosting the Olympics in July just sounds too difficult. I find it hard to believe it will happen," a senior member of the organizing committee told the Times.

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In the hours following the publication of the report, there were vigorous denials.

The organizing committee of the games said in an official statement that it denies the report and is preparing for the opening of the games on the July due date.



"Unfortunately, we have to address unfounded rumors about the Olympics. Such rumors only increase the anxiety and stress among athletes," they said, "The Tokyo Olympics will take place, the torch will be passed on July 23, 2021."



Olympic Committee chairman Thomas Bach also denied the report. "At this point, we have no reason to believe that the Games will not open on July 23 at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

There is no change in plans and there is no plan B, "he told the Japanese media." There is a huge difference between March 2020 and now, in terms of our ability to deal with the virus.

There has been tremendous scientific progress, and our knowledge of the corona is much more extensive.

Of course some sacrifices will be needed, and of course safety is paramount.

But there is no change in the plans. "

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