Seiko Hashimoto [Photo: AP News]
September 8th 2020 – Japan’s Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto, has today said that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be held next year at any cost.
This comes after the International Olympic Committee(IOC) Vice President John Coates, said that the Tokyo Olympics should be held next year, given that athletes’ efforts to be ready.
“I think Mr. Coates felt reassured that the Tokyo Games can be held with further close coordination of efforts,” Seiko Hashimoto said when asked about International Olympic Committee vice-president Coates’s remarks.
In a landmark decision, the 2020 Olympics was postponed because of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The Games are now set to open on July 23, 2021.
The Olympics have never been cancelled outside of the world wars and John Coates vowed that the competition in Japan would be the Games that conquered Covid.
“Now very much these will be the Games that conquered Covid, the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Coates.
Japanese officials have now made it clear, that they would not delay them a second time beyond 2021.
However, Japan’s borders are still largely closed to foreign visitors and a vaccine is months or even years away, feeding speculation about whether the Games are achievable at all.
It is expected that around 11,000 athletes from more than 200 nations and territories will compete at the Olympics in Tokyo.