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Tokyo 2020: Games organisers say second postponement ‘never discussed’ | Olympics News

Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya informed Sky Sports News he remained assured the primary postponed Games will be delivered this summer time; Tokyo as a consequence of open “simplified” Games however Takaya says they’ve “never discussed a downscaling in terms of sports and athletes”

Last Updated: 14/01/21 3:23pm

The Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided in March last year to postpone Tokyo 2020 by a year

The Japanese authorities and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) determined in March final yr to postpone Tokyo 2020 by a yr

Organisers of the rearranged Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games insist they’ve “never discussed” an extra postponement regardless of surging coronavirus infections throughout Japan.

Japan widened its coronavirus state of emergency on Wednesday and briefly banned all overseas nationals from coming into the nation, with the Games as a consequence of open in Tokyo in simply over six months’ time.

Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya informed Sky Sports News he remained assured the primary postponed Games can be delivered this summer time, starting July 23, regardless of hypothesis of one other postponement or a cancellation.

The Games have been initially scheduled to start out in July 2020, however have been postponed in March final yr, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Masa Takaya of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is assured the Games can be staged in 2021 and there can be no want the postpone them for a second time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Masa Takaya of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is assured the Games can be staged in 2021 and there can be no want the postpone them for a second time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“To be very clear, we have never discussed another postponement of the Games,” Takaya stated. “We have 100 per cent concentration and focus on the delivery of a safe and secure Games this summer.”

The IOC had earlier stated they’d not delay the Games past 2021.

Takaya added: “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.”

Several opinion polls have proven a transparent majority of Japanese individuals oppose holding the Games this yr.

Takaya stated the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games would watch carefully how different sports activities began their seasons in Japan over the approaching weeks to find out how spectators will be accommodated.

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Tokyo Games organisers will comply with the beginning of Japan’s soccer and baseball seasons to find out how they welcome spectators this summer time, says spokesperson Masa Takaya.

Tokyo Games organisers will comply with the beginning of Japan’s soccer and baseball seasons to find out how they welcome spectators this summer time, says spokesperson Masa Takaya.

The J1 League, the highest Japanese skilled soccer league, is because of begin in late February, whereas baseball can be as a consequence of resume shortly, with a call on spectators, together with from abroad, anticipated in “springtime”.

“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 by spectators and that is what we want to achieve.

“The Games can be part of the world; we’re a part of the society so we have to hold carefully monitoring the Covid state of affairs and the way the sporting occasions can be carried out and in what kind.”

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Takaya said the additional costs caused by the Games’ postponement were being split between Tokyo 2020, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the national government, ranging in its allocation from $0.6billion to $1.1billion.

He added the Games would be “simplified”, without specifying in what forms, but dismissed suggestions travelling nations would be asked to bring smaller teams.

“We have been making a large effort to cut back the prices wherever potential,” Takaya said.

“But throughout the entire technique of this dialogue we by no means mentioned a downscaling when it comes to sports activities and athletes.”

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