The Breadcrumbs widget will appear here on the published site.
“Have the Olympics been moved again?” was the question on everyone’s mind when Japan expanded its coronavirus state of emergency on Wednesday 13th January.
Foreign nationals were also prevented from entering the country and this raised a lot of suspicions on what it would look like as the 23rd of July draws near.
Masa Takaya, Tokyo 2020 spokesperson informed Sky Sports News that there were no arrangements or move towards postponing the games any longer.
The Olympics, formerly scheduled to kick-off in July 2020 was suspended in March as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Takaya said, "To be very clear, we have never discussed another postponement of the Games," Takaya said. "We have 100% concentration and focus on the delivery of a safe and secure Games this summer."
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) had also announced that the Games will not be delayed any further.
"The Covid situation is of course still an ongoing issue for everyone in the world but we will deliver the Games this year, starting July 23." The spokesman had added.
Statistics that have been taken indicate that a majority of the Japanese people were not in support of the Games holding in July.
The spokesman for the IOC further added that the committee was observing keenly how other sports have been organizing their seasons thus far to evaluate how spectators can be involved.
"We are not willing to see the Games behind closed doors, without spectators," Takaya added.
"In an ideal world the Games should be taking place in an atmosphere of celebration, composed of spectators and that is what we want to achieve.
"The Games is also a part of the world; we are part of the society so we need to keep closely monitoring the Covid situation and how the sporting events will be conducted and in what form."
Takaya explained that the Games would be simplified though he didn’t elaborate on this. He added that the cost incurred due to the postponement of the games ranged from $0.6 billion to $1.1 billion.
The IOC is keen on making Tokyo 2020 a reality, let’s see how it all pans out in 2021.
The Recommended Content Widget will appear here on the published site.