Japan denies as ‘categorically untrue’ report Tokyo Olympics could be cancelled

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Japanese officials on Friday vehemently denied a newspaper report suggesting that the Olympic Games, due to be held in the country this summer, could be cancelled.

The Tokyo Olympics originally planned for 2020 were delayed 10 months ago following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The local Olympics organizing committee said in a statement that the games would go forward as planned and had the support of Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Another statement from the Cabinet Secretariat on behalf of Japan’s government also dismissed the report.

“Some news reports circulating today are claiming that the Government of Japan has privately concluded that the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will have to be cancelled. This is categorically untrue,” the statement said.

Adding that all involved, including the Swiss-based International Olympic Committee (IOC), were “working together to prepare for the successful Games this summer” and would “implement all possible countermeasures against Covid-19.”

The denials come after a British newspaper, The Times of London, citing an anonymous source that it said was a member of the ruling government coalition, reported that the games could be cancelled. It also said the government was seeking a way to announce the cancellation amid efforts to ensure Tokyo as a future host.

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