2020-03-30-tokyo-thumbnail-02.jpgTokyo 2020, photo by IOC

5bd5bb93-5fb0-4177-8876-06bab6e12e00.jpgTokyo Olympic Stadium, photo by IOC

What is happening in Tokyo?

It changes by the minute....


TOKYO (JPN): The Japanese Government has strongly denied reports the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be cancelled owing to the coronavirus pandemic, informs insidethegames.biz. Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Manabu Sakai said there was "absolutely no truth" in the story published in The Times which claimed the government had concluded Tokyo 2020 would be cancelled. Organisers remain confident the Games will go ahead and IOC President Thomas Bach has also said there was "no reason whatsoever" for the Olympics not to go ahead on July 23.

TOKYO (JPN): Veteran IOC member Dick Pound believes "there is a very good chance" the Olympic Games will take place but behind closed doors, informs The Japan Times. "It's nice to have spectators. But it's not a must-have. Nobody can guarantee (that the Olympics will go ahead as planned) but I think there's a very, very, good chance that they can, and that they will," he said.

MONACO (MON): World Athletics President Sebastian Coe is confident the Olympic Games will go ahead as planned this summer, informs Reuters. "The government in Japan, the organising committee, the international federations and particularly the athletes are all unified in their determination to try to deliver a Games that is safe and secure. It's a challenge but it's the challenge that at this very moment all the key players are actually up for an that's why I have a confidence, with the insights as an international federation - the number one Olympic sport - can bring to bear on that," he said.

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