Daily US Times: Organisers of Tokyo 2020 say they will be ready to host the Olympics – despite the capital city declaring a state of emergency over coronavirus poandemic.
The rescheduled Olympics are set to take place between 23 July and 8 August.
Yoshihide Suga, Japanese Prime Ministers said there was a “sense of crisis” as he announced emergency Covid-19 plans.
“This declaration of emergency offers an opportunity for Tokyo 2020 to plan for a safe and secure Games this summer,” organisers said.
“We will proceed with the necessary preparations accordingly,” the organizers added.
Tokyo recorded 2,447 new coronavirus infections on Thursday and the latest measures primarily target bars and restaurants, which will be asked to stop serving alcohol by 7pm and close an hour later.
Costs for the Games have increased by $2.8bn because of measures needed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
And a recent poll by national broadcaster NHK showed that the majority of the Japanese people oppose holding the Olymipcs in 2021, favouring a further delay or outright cancellation of the event.
The International Olympic Committee said it has full confidence in the Japanese authorities and the measures they are taking.
“Together with our Japanese partners, we continue to be fully concentrated and committed to the safe and successful delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 this summer,” the IOC said.
Meanwhile, IOC seeks Covid vaccines for athletes in second wave so Olympics can go ahead.
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