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Member of Tokyo Olympic organizing panel mentions one- to two-year postponement

Asahi reported that an influential member of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee told the daily yesterday that he personally believes that the idea of postponing the Olympic and Paralympic Games by one or two years should be pursued due to the global coronavirus outbreak. The official reportedly stressed that holding the games in the summer of 2022 would be preferable because many international sports events have already been scheduled for next year.  Chairman Mori of the organizing committee reportedly expressed displeasure with the suggestion, criticizing the member for making “careless remarks.”   


Other papers ran similar stories, with Yomiuri adding that Tokyo Olympics Minister Hashimoto also dismissed the possibility of postponement by saying at the Diet yesterday that preparations are underway for the Games to be held this summer as scheduled.

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