The head of the Australian Olympic Committee [AOC], Matt Carroll, says there is nothing to suggest that the Tokyo 2021 Olympics will be canceled, despite reports from international media players on Friday that the Japanese government has privately come to the conclusion that the event cannot take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic

“The Tokyo Games are definitely open. The flame will be open on 23 Set on fire in July, “Carroll said on Friday afternoon in Sydney,” our Chef de Mission has already written to all athletes to allay their concerns about what they have read in the media and this baseless rumor

“We’re all working hard here at the AOC to bring the Australian team to Tokyo, our largest [team] since 2000, and give them the best chance at success”

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Japan has managed COVID-19 relatively well since the outbreak began in early 2020, and Carroll believes the nation is well equipped to host successful Olympics later this year

“If any country can handle a logistical challenge, it’s Japan,” he said. They are very good at it. The rescheduling of the Games is an enormous effort

“But this will be a very different game. It will not be like Rio or London, it will be simpler games Ceremonies and cultural aspects of the games will be reduced and these will be highly athletic and competitive games

“Athletes are tested daily at each training and competition location. COVID-19 protocol officers are assigned to each Olympic Committee to ensure that there is tracking and tracing The athletes stay in the village, they go to the training venues, they go to Competition venues and then they return to the village “

Earlier, the President of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, had told the Sydney Morning Herald that there would be weekly discussions about logistics around the 2021 Games

“We’ll meet with them now on operational matters as we get near the Games, then we have a CEO-level meeting every week, including last night, and we have private conversations with President Mori every few weeks,” Coates said “There is no discussion of (possibly moving the Olympics to) 2032 with Japan as there is no discussion of not going into Japan [this year]”

The comments from Carroll and Coates come hours after the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, reiterated that the Games will go as planned “

“We currently have no reason to believe that the Tokyo Olympics will take place on Sept. July will not be opened at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, “he said,” We are determined to make these games safe and successful “

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Source: https://www.espn.com.au/olympics/story/_/id/30755874/aoc-chief-matt-carroll-says-2021-tokyo-olympics-definitely-going-ahead-planned