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Organizers rule out another Tokyo Olympics postponement



Havana, Jan 21.- The organizers of the Tokyo Olympic Games ruled out on Wednesday another possible postponement of the event, after its postponement in 2020 due to the global impact of Covid-19.

 

The general director of the organizing committee, Toshiro Muto, insisted on the celebration of the fair under the five rings on the agreed date, from July 23 to August 8, 2021, and ruled out its cancellation.

The dispute of the Games is our inflexible point and, starting from that base, we do not talk about anything else, Muto stressed to the press.

However, once again the possibility of a cancellation round the Japanese Olympiad six months before the opening ceremony.

This month in most of Japan, including this capital and its surroundings, the state of emergency was restored due to the record cases of infected by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19.

It is obvious that we need the understanding and support of the population. We want to prepare for the Games based on these principles, said Muto before acknowledging the difficult health situation in Japan and the world, which is so worrying people, he said.

The director of the organizing committee believes, however, that if the vaccination campaigns advance and the number of infections decreases, public opinion will change its assessment of the possibility of developing the Olympic fight. Additionally, the decision on the number of authorized viewers will be determined in the coming months.

It is not desirable that there is no public, Muto insisted, without being able to guarantee the presence of fans for the moment, especially from abroad.

If we manage to organize an event the breadth of the Olympic Games in the midst of a pandemic, then the Tokyo model will be a part of our heritage, he concluded.

On Wednesday, the mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka, Ichiro Matsui, expressed his desire for a new postponement of the Games, this time to 2024, because it is impossible to conclude the immunization campaign in the country before the great event.

Taro Kono, now in the portfolio of Administrative and Regulatory Reform of the Japanese government and former head of Defense and Foreign Relations, said last week that no issue regarding the Games should be excluded from the analysis. (Text and photo: Jit)