IOC slams rumours and green signals Tokyo Olympics


International Olympic Committee(IOC) has confirmed that Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled and mulled the rumours of postponement.

IOC says Tokyo Olympics is still on

Rumours have been floating that Tokyo Olympics which was already postponed due to the COVID-19 would be facing problems to hold.

It was reported in The Times that a Govt. source  said: “No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult.”The article had reported that Japan has already shifted their focus towards the 2032 event.

The Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has confirmed that the high-profile International event will be held as scheduled from July 23 to August 8.

Moreover, the International Olympic Committee has also backed a statement from the Japanese government. The body said the claims were “categorically untrue”.

In a official statement IOC said: “Some news reports circulating today are claiming that the Government of Japan has privately concluded that the Tokyo Olympics will have to be cancelled because of the coronavirus. This is categorically untrue.”

It was also revealed that in an IOC Executive Board meeting held back in July last year, it was agreed that the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is set to be held on July 23 this year.

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The programme and venues for the Games were further rescheduled accordingly. It read:

All parties involved are working together to prepare for a successful Games this summer.

Measures are to be taken in the wake of the pandemic

The statement read that “all possible countermeasures against Covid-19 will continue to work closely with the IOC”.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government are eyeing to progress with preparations to hold a safe and secure Games this summer.

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