Jan, 7th 2020 – Tokyo Olympics organizers say they will be ready to host the Olympic Games, despite the city declaring a state of emergency over Covid-19.
The rescheduled Games are set to take place between 23 July and 8 August. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said there was a “sense of crisis” as he announced emergency Covid-19 plans.
Organizers said: “The declaration of emergency offers an opportunity for Tokyo to plan for a safe and secure Games this summer. We will proceed with the necessary preparations accordingly.”
Costs for the Games have increased by $2.8bn because of measures needed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
However, a poll has shown that majority of the Japanese general public oppose holding the games in 2021.
The International Olympic committee said, “The IOC has full confidence in the Japanese authorities and the measures they are taking.”
They added, “Together with our Japanese partners, we continue to be fully concentrated and committed to the safe and successful delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 this summer.”