The Japanese government on Thursday denied rumors launched by a British daily that the Tokyo Olympics would be canceled.
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Reuters reporter Jack Tarrant says government of Japan “clearly denies” news reported by newspaper The Times, who cited an inside source.
The CEO and Secretary General of the Canadian Olympic Committee David Shoemaker also brushed off the news, announcing that they are “not aware of a decision taken by the government of Japan” and that ” official information will be communicated to them by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Games Organizing Committee ”.
“We are continuing our preparations to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Games with a continued focus on the health and safety of our athletes, their families and their communities,” Shoemaker added on Twitter.
Same story on the side of Australian leader Matt Carroll, who assured that the Olympic flame would be lit on July 23, 2021. He also lamented such rumors, “which only create anxiety for the athletes”.
Already postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Games are due to take place between July 23 and August 8.
Members of the IOC Executive Committee will meet on January 27 to discuss the staging of this summer’s events.