The delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be dropped if the coronavirus pandemic isn't managed by one year from now, the getting sorted out council's leader said in remarks distributed Tuesday. The pandemic has just constrained a year-long deferral of the Games, which are currently planned to open on July 23, 2021, yet Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said no further delay was conceivable. In a meeting with Japan's Nikkan Sports day by day, Mori was downright when inquired as to whether the Olympics could be postponed until 2022 if the pandemic stays a danger one year from now, answering: "No."
"In that case, it's cancelled," Mori said. Mori said the Games had been cancelled previously only during wartime and compared the battle against coronavirus to "fighting an invisible enemy". If the virus is successfully contained, "we'll hold the Olympics in peace next summer", he added. "Mankind is betting on it.".
Under substantial tension from competitors and sports affiliations, Japanese coordinators and the International Olympic Committee concurred in March to a year-long delay of the Games. Coordinators and Japanese authorities have said the deferred Olympics will be an opportunity to feature the world's triumph over the coronavirus, yet questions have emerged about whether even a year's delay is adequate.
On Tuesday, the head of Japan Medical Association cautioned it would be "exceedingly troublesome" to hold the Games one year from now if an immunization had not been found. "I would not say that they should not be held, but it would be exceedingly difficult," Yoshitake Yokokura told reporters at a briefing. And last week a Japanese medical expert who has criticised the country's response to the coronavirus warned that he was "very pessimistic" that the postponed Olympics can be held in 2021.