Japan’s Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto said on Tuesday that the contract to carry the Olympics Games only acquires the event has got to be held during 2020.
Hashimoto’s response to a question within the parliament shows that the Olympic Games might be held any time within the year and wouldn’t need to start on July 24 as having been planned.
The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are being threatened by the fast-spreading of coronavirus and has pack up most sports competitions and Olympic-related events within the country. The virus that started in China has been detected in about 70 countries, with more than 90,000 cases and 3,100 deaths reported.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and Tokyo Olympics organizers have repeatedly said that they expect to open the Olympics on schedule. Meanwhile, others have suggested the spreading virus could force cancellation, postponement, or moving events to other cities.
However, IOC says it’s confident that Olympics will start on July 24 and has played down fears that the sporting event are going to be delayed due to the continued COVID-19 outbreak across the planet.
IOC issued a press release on Tuesday showing full commitment to the success of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, happening from July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020.
Bach then made the weird move of stepping out from the primary day of a two-day meeting at IOC headquarters in Lausanne to form a press release. He said that he would like to encourage all the athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games with great confidence and full steam.
He also praised a panel created last month bringing together the WHO, public authorities in Japan, along with Olympic officials in Tokyo and Lausanne.
Last week, in an interview with only Japanese media, Bach had declined to fuel the flames of speculation about reports of postponement or cancellation.
Any decision to maneuver the games back would impact international broadcasters, who would have sway over any changes.