TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Olympics organisers are preparing to host the Games next year even if the global coronavirus pandemic hasn’t eased substantially, organising committee chief executive Toshiro Muto announced on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
The Tokyo Olympics had been scheduled to start on Friday, July 24, 2020, but were put back to 2021 because of the pandemic.
Since then, organisers have scrambled to rearrange an event that has been almost a decade in the making whilst trying to ensure next year’s Olympics are safe for athletes, officials and supporters.
Muto said that although organisers hoped the threat posed by the virus could be reduced, nobody knows what the situation will be when the Games start on July 23, 2021.
Organisers are assuming coronavirus will remain a major problem.
Muto said he hoped Tokyo 2020 could be the benchmark in a post-pandemic world.