Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Manabu Sakai told reporters on Friday that “there is no truth to reports claiming the event would be cancelled.
Hosts of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Japan have come out to dismiss reports claiming that the event which was postponed to from 2020 to this year will be cancelled due to the coronavirus strain that rages on around the world.
On Friday that Japan’s government had privately concluded the already-delayed Tokyo Olympics would be cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult. I don’t think it’s going to happen,” a senior member of the ruling coalition was quoted telling the newspaper.
However, Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Manabu Sakai told reporters on Friday that “there is no truth to reports claiming the event would be cancelled”, denying a newspaper report that the event would be called off.
The report also claims that Japan is vying to instead host the Olympics in 2032 instead, with 2024 already awarded to paris and 2028 to Los Angeles but both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the board in Tokyo insist the Games will go on this year.