TOKYO OLYMPICS ‘UNLIKELY’ TO HAPPEN
With Olympic organizers completely being confident about the game being on this year, a former Olympic Chief from 2012 Sir Keith Mills have commented in an interview with BBC news that he thinks Olympics are ‘unlikely’ to happen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Olympics were originally scheduled in the summer of 2020 but now it is supposed to take place from July 21st ,2021 to August 8th.
IOC President back in December commented that he is very confident about Olympics happening in 2021 but in early January Tokyo declared official state of emergency as Coronavirus cases increased again. IOC and Tokyo Organizers reconfirmed its commitment to continue with the plans of Olympics as per the schedule but Mill’s comments come as public confidence, to some extent.
Mills said in the BBC story “Personally, sitting here looking at the pandemic around the world, it looks unlikely I have to say. “If I was sitting in the shoes of the organising committee in Tokyo, I would be making plans for a cancellation and I’m sure they have plans for a cancellation. They’ve got another month or so before they need to make a call.”
Last week, a member of Japan’s cabinet, Taro Kono, said the Olympics “could go either way.” Two Japanese news agencies run the poll and 80% of the residents said the Olympics should be postponed or cancelled again.