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IOC fully committed to hosting Tokyo Olympic Games while Japan's organizing member calls on U.S. Updated: 2021-01-28 10:04:08 KST

Amid escalating doubts over the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games,… the International Olympic Committee reiterated its full commitment to successfully hosting the event this summer.
IOC President Thomas Bach on Wednesday said the Games would take place as scheduled despite the COVID-19 pandemic,.. and added that speculation about postponement or cancellation was not helpful.
His remarks follow reports suggesting the Games would be canceled due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in Japan.

"Our task is to organize Olympic Games and not to cancel Olympic Games,…"
"So, we are not speculating of whether the Games are taking place, we are working on how the Games will take place."
The IOC further solidified its stance by revealing the soon-to-be-released "playbooks" containing countermeasures against COVID-19 for athletes and staff.

Despite the confidence, however, a member of the Tokyo Organizing Committee says the future of the Games could depend on support from the United States' new administration.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday,… Tokyo Olympics committee member Haruyuki Takahashi said that "it is up to the United States", not the IOC to make decisions about the Games.
He also called for President Biden to make positive remarks regarding the Olympics,… so that Tokyo could gain strong momentum.
In response, the IOC called Takahashi's comments "obsolete" and expressed regrets for his baseless statement.

Meanwhile, with regard to the next Olympics scheduled for 2024 in Paris,… the president of the organizing committee stated that the Tokyo postponement would not have any impact on the event.

Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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