Of course, there has been a question mark over the organization of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games since the outbreak of the coronavirus across the world. However, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, dispelled all doubts on this matter.
He stated that the most important sporting event in the globe, the Olympic Games, will be held in Tokyo as planned, from July 24 to August 9. He denied that the ongoing spread of the coronavirus that caused deaths of more than 5,000 people and infected more than 149,000 across the globe will postpone the event. Some suggested, including U.S. President Donald Trump, to postpone the Games for one year. However, Abe added the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will have the final word on the matter.
“We will overcome the spread of the infection and host the Olympics without problem, as planned,” Abe said.
The Tokyo Games is expected to cost about 1.35 trillion yen (£10.26bn), organisers said in December. The Japan section of the Olympic Torch relay is due to start in Fukushima on 26 March.
Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike said: “We’re taking thorough infection measures with regards to the torch relay domestically.”
Recall that the volleyball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics is set to start on July 25 and finish on August 9. Officially, Japan has more than 750 cases and 21 deaths from the COVID-19 disease that already shut down many major sporting tournaments such as NBA, Formula 1, UEFA Champions League and more. This included all major volleyball events such as CEV Champions League, Asian Men’s Club Championship, and most of the national championships. In fact, we’re updating the list on a daily basis…
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