The feedback, lower than 200 days earlier than the postponed Video games begin in July, include higher Tokyo beneath a state of emergency over a spike in coronavirus instances and with international locations around the globe battling outbreaks.
In a New Yr’s handle to employees, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto put a optimistic spin on a Kyodo information ballot printed Sunday displaying 45 % need the 2020 Video games delayed once more, with 35 % favouring outright cancellation.
“The variety of folks calling for it to be cancelled has solely risen by about 5 %,” Muto stated.
“The variety of folks calling for it to be postponed has risen quite a bit, however which means these folks nonetheless need it to be held,” he added.
“In fact, for it to be held, we’ve got to ensure that we maintain a protected Video games with anti-virus measures. Should you consider it in these phrases, I firmly consider folks will get increasingly more behind it.”
British rowing nice Matthew Pinsent has referred to as for the Video games to be cancelled and Tokyo to host the occasion in 2024 as a substitute, changing Paris.
Muto additionally dismissed as “faux information” a Japanese media report claiming the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 organisers would debate the destiny of the Video games in February.
“When a majority of these stories floor, some folks may really feel anxious about them,” stated Muto.
“I wish to say that we’re not considering that manner in any respect, and that these stories are flawed.”