Despite soaring cases of coronavirus, Japan says Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as planned

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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mentioned the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead as planned in July, regardless of soaring coronavirus cases leading to cancelation of sporting occasions.

The Prime Minister added the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would have the ultimate choice whether or not Tokyo 2020 goes ahead.

“We will overcome the spread of the infection and host the Olympics without problem, as planned,” Abe mentioned.

Japan has had more than 1,400 cases and 28 deaths ensuing from coronavirus

Several Olympic trials occasions within the United States have been postponed, together with wrestling, rowing and diving.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike mentioned: “We’re taking thorough infection measures with regards to the torch relay domestically.”

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The Japan part of the Olympic Torch relay is because of begin in Fukushima on 26 March. The current torch-lighting ceremony in historic Olympia was held without spectators, earlier than the remaining of the relay in Greece was suspended to keep away from attracting crowds.

Organizers of the sport mentioned in December the Tokyo Games is anticipated to value about 1.35 trillion yen (£10.26bn).

The 2020 Summer Olympics, formally recognized as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and generally recognized as Tokyo 2020 is an upcoming worldwide multi-sport occasion that’s scheduled to happen from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, with preliminary occasions in some sports activities starting on 22 July