No thoughts of cancelling Olympics despite Japan’s rise in COVID-19 cases: IOC

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    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday it supported Japanese measures to counter COVID-19 and was confident the Tokyo Olympics would be a “historic” event, despite wide public opposition.

    With less than three months to go before the games begin on July 23, Japan is battling a surge in coronavirus infections.

    A majority of its population wants the Olympics cancelled or postponed for a second time, according to several polls, with about 70 per cent of the 10,500 athletes – about 7,800 — already qualified for the games.

    “We are now very much in an implementation phase with 78 days to go and fully concentrated on delivering the Games,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams told an online news conference.

    “When the Games happen and the Japanese people are proud hosts of an event that will be an historic moment, I think I am very confident we will see public opinion hugely in favour of the Games.”

    Japan has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas until the end of May as the number of cases rises daily, forcing IOC President Thomas Bach to postpone a visit to Japan in May.

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