Olympics-‘We cannot postpone again,’ says Tokyo 2020 chief amid pandemic fears

The president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee ruled out a cancellation or further postponement of the Olympics as doubts grew among city government officials and medical experts whether the event can be held safely amid the pandemic.

Public opinion polls have consistently shown a majority of Japanese want the Games cancelled or put off yet again, after being delayed a year over COVID-19.

A majority of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly feel the same way, the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper said.

“We cannot postpone again,” athlete-turned-politician and organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto told the media in an interview.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is likely to call a snap election after the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Asahi newspaper said, showing his resolve to push ahead with the event.

Foreign spectators have already been barred from the Games, set to start on July 23.

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