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IOC chief says Tokyo Games to be canceled if not held in 2021

Asahi, Mainichi, and Sankei wrote that International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said during an interview with the BBC on Wednesday that the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will have to be canceled if they cannot be held next summer. The papers wrote that Bach said Prime Minister Abe told him that next summer is the last option for Japan. However, Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee Secretary-General Muto declined to comment on the remarks, telling reporters online that he has no direct knowledge of what Bach said. Concerning Bach’s comment on Abe’s remark, Muto said he does not recall the premier using such a phrase in his teleconference with Bach in March 24.

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