Japan Dismisses Olympics Cancellation Report As Teams Back Games
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Fri 22nd January 2021 | 02:10 PM
Tokyo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jan, 2021 ) :Japan dismissed a report claiming officials see cancelling the Tokyo Olympics as inevitable on Friday, as heavyweights the United States, Canada and Australia said they were still preparing for the Games.
Deputy government spokesman Manabu Sakai said there was "no truth" to the report in The Times, which quoted an unnamed ruling coalition source as saying "the consensus is that it's too difficult" to hold the Games.
Tokyo 2020 organisers said they were "fully focused on hosting the Games this summer".
However, despite denying the British report, Sakai said a decision was looming for Japan.
"At some point in time, we will naturally make a decision as to whether to actually hold it," he said.
"Until then the Japanese government will do what it needs to do and make progress and prepare for it." Concerns have risen as Japan battles a third wave of Covid-19 infections, with polls showing around 80 percent of Japanese oppose hosting the event this year.
The Olympics have never been cancelled in peacetime.