The Tokyo Olympic Games take place as planned in July Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an announcement. This despite coronavirus concerns resulting in the postponement of major sporting events across the globe including England’s Premier League, the NBA basketball season and the Augusta Masters among others bowing to the global pandemic.
“We will overcome the spread of the infection and host the Olympics without problem, as planned,” Abe said.
While sounding the optimistic tone for the games to take place, Abe noted that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has the authority to make the final decision whether Tokyo 2020 takes place.
“We will respond by closely coordinating with officials concerned, including the IOC,” Abe said during a press conference. “There is no change in this.”
“We want to hold the Olympics as planned without any trouble by overcoming the spread of infections,” he added.
Abe’s optimistic tone is counter to that of American president Donald Trump who has suggested that Japan postpone the Games for a year.
On Friday, Abe and Trump had a phone call regarding the outbreak and it effect on the Olympics following Trump proposal that it be delayed.
“We agreed that Japan and the US will cooperate and closely coordinate for success in the Olympics,” Abe said, going on later to note that the pair had not discussed the subject of a postponement.
The Olympics are scheduled to take place between July 24th and August 9th.
To date, Japan, which was one of the first countries along with South Korea outside of China to be hit most severely by the Coronavirus, has had more than 1,400 cases and 28 deaths resulting from the outbreak.
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