The International Olympic Committee said it is moving “full ahead” with holding the Tokyo Olympics later this summer despite rising coronavirus cases in the country and widespread opposition within Japan to holding the Games as scheduled.
“We are fully, fully concentrated on delivering excellent Games which would bring the world together,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Wednesday.
Adams’ comment came after an IOC executive board meeting and just days after IOC president Thomas Bach canceled a trip to Japan amid coronavirus concerns.
Adams declined to comment when asked under what circumstances the IOC would cancel the Games or what it would do if the country’s current state of emergency was extended or reinstated closer to the Olympics.
Adams also declined to comment on Japanese polls.
“They are what they are,” Adams said. “We obviously have our own polling.
“We are confident we can deliver good Games and we will continue working toward that.”
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