THE Tokyo Olympics will be CANCELLED, according to reports.
The Times quotes a senior member from the ruling Japanese government who says the aim is now to secure the next available Games in 2032.
A report claims the Tokyo Olympics will be CANCELLEDCredit: Reuters
The coronavirus pandemic already forced the event back a year, but the unnamed official believes Tokyo 2021 is also doomed.
According to the report, the aim now is to ‘find a face-saving way of announcing the cancellation’ that allows the capital to host at a later date.
The source is quoted as saying: “No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult.
“Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Publicly, both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese ruling coalition have said the Games will go ahead as planned.
Earlier, IOC president Thomas Bach insisted there was “no Plan B”.
“This is why there is no plan B and this is why we are fully committed to make these games safe and successful.”
Japan has already spent £18billion on the Games – 75 per cent of it from the public purseCredit: AFP or licensors
However, Tokyo and other major Japanese cities are in a state of emergency amid the pandemic, with public opinion polls showing 80 per cent of the population are against hosting the Games.
At least $25BILLION (£18bn) has already been spent on the Games, with 75 per cent of that coming from the public purse.
The source added that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and the Japanese government will try and ‘maintain the facade’ of publicly trying to host the Games – and when they are ‘inevitably cancelled’ hope that the city is given the 2032 Olympics out of sympathy.
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