The future of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics has been put in doubt after a report surfaced suggesting that the Japanese government forced the coronavirus pandemic to make the event canceled
The article, published by the Times and reported by Reuters, was published when both Japanese Prime Minister Suga and the President of the International Olympic Committee Bach reaffirmed their commitment this week to the Tokyo Olympics in July this year >

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the rumors but said he had “not seen any official confirmation” from them

“The current situation in Japan is very different from when I was there in November in terms of the spread that has occurred there recently,” he said

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government under pressure as COVID-19 threatens Tokyo OlympicsCredit: AP

“So I can understand that there is real pressure from this and Prime Minister Suga, like me here or any Prime Minister somewhere, needs to put the health and safety of their people first and what can be managed

“We shall see that I think it would be very disappointing to the Japanese people and of course Prime Minister Suga and former Prime Minister Abe if that were the case”

“But if that were the case, I could only feel for her and her circumstances. I could only extend our thoughts to her then,” said Morrison

The Japanese government is now focused on securing the Games for Tokyo in the next available year, 2032, the newspaper said

Japan is less affected by the pandemic than many other advanced economies, but a recent surge in cases has led it to close its borders to non-resident foreigners and declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and major cities

About 80 percent of the people in Japan don’t want the Games to happen this summer, recent opinion polls show, amid concerns that the influx of athletes will continue to spread the virus

With that in mind, the government was looking for a way to save face by announcing a cancellation that leaves the door open for hosting in Tokyo at a later date, the Times report reads

“Nobody wants to be the first to say this, but the consensus is that it is too difficult,” the source quoted the source as saying, “Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen”

The organizers of the games did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. The organizers and the Japanese government previously promised to continue preparations for the games, which will be held on Jan. July to be opened to advance

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said this week the flagship event would “bring hope and courage to the world”

The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, had in an interview with Kyodo News on Thursday confirmed his commitment to the organization of the Games this year

“We currently have absolutely no reason to believe that the Tokyo Olympics will take place on Sept. July will not be opened at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, “Bach told Kyodo

Earlier, the London Telegraph reported that Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, said the Games might have taken place without a spectator

Organizers had previously downplayed fears of an Olympic event with no fans despite offering refunds for the rearranged event. Bach stepped down Thursday from promising viewers, saying organizers needed to be “flexible” in the face of COVID-19 waves

But Pound added to the new uncertainty, saying, “The question is, is this a ‘must’ or ‘nice to have’? It’s nice to have an audience, but it’s not a must ”
The comments come after Sir Keith Mills, former London 2012 chief executive officer, suggested that the Games were “unlikely” to take place

The IOC expected 6,000 athletes to attend the opening ceremony, down from an initial number of around 11000, said the London Telegraph

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