Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, already postponed to 2021, would be scrapped if it doesn’t take place at the new set date due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori disclosed this, according to an interview published on Tuesday, April 28 2020.
With the epidemic’s worldwide infection rate climbing and experts suggesting a vaccine is still a long way off, questions are being asked about whether a further delay might be needed.
Mori responded in the interview with Japanese sports daily Nikkan Sport, “No. In that case, the Olympics will be scrapped,” when asked if the Games could be postponed again until 2022.
The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government had ealier postponed the Games until July 2021 because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
However the former prime minister remained confident the they would go ahead in 2021.
He said, “We have delayed the Olympics until next summer after we will have won the battle.”
“The Olympics would be much more valuable than any Olympics in the past if we could go ahead with it after winning this battle. We have to believe this otherwise our hard work and efforts will not be rewarded.” he added.