Japan and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have denied any news that the Tokyo Olympics may be cancelled. Some news reports circulating today are claiming that the government of Japan has privately concluded that the Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled because of the coronavirus,” said the statement from the IOC.
“This is categorically untrue … All parties involved are working together to prepare for a successful Games this summer.”
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he was “determined” to hold the Games. “I am determined to realise a safe and secure Tokyo Games as proof that mankind will have overcome the virus,” Suga
Deputy government spokesman Manabu Sakai there was “no truth” to reports of Olympic cancellation.
The Times of London, citing unidentified government sources, reported that the games will have to be canceled. It quoted an unidentified senior member of the ruling government coalition.
“No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult,” the person said. “Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”