Tokyo Olympics not possible under ’current situation,’ says organizing committee
The 2020 Olympics may not be happening in 2021 after all.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the globe, the already-delayed Olympics may face another pushback or a cancellation entirely, the organizing committee warned Wednesday.
“If current situation continues, we couldn’t,” Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo organizing committee, told Japanese broadcaster NHK when asked if the Games will be held.
“Whether the Olympics can be done or not is about whether humanity can beat the coronavirus. Specifically, to develop a vaccine or drug is the first point.”
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The Olympics were already postponed a year to July 23, 2021, but the organizing committee has warned that if they can’t open then, the Games will be canceled completely.
The outbreak in Tokyo has continued rising in the last few weeks, recently topping 10,000 cases.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Tuesday that her goals are still to have the Games go ahead, telling CNBC that the Olympics “can become a symbol of how the world has united to overcome the hardship and how humanity has strengthened its bonds.”
With News Wire Services