January 22 – According to a senior official of the ruling coalition of Japan quoted by the British Times, the Japanese government privately believes that the
Tokyo Olympic Games will have to be cancelled due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and the current focus of the Japanese government is to ensure that Tokyo can host the Olympic Games in 2032.
According to the report, in order to save face, the Japanese government tried to announce the decision to cancel the Olympic Games as late as possible.
The senior official revealed that “everyone knows [held this year] is very difficult, but no one wants to open this mouth”.
Whether the Tokyo Olympic Games can be held smoothly or not, the final answer may not be announced until March.
Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee Chairman Yoshiro Mori said on the 21st that a final judgment will be made before the torch relay begins on March 25, and he also denied the possibility of another postponement of the Olympic Games.