Tokyo Olympics organisers performed down a ballot displaying plunging assist for the Video games on Tuesday and stated a report claiming cancellation could possibly be mentioned subsequent month was “faux information”.
The feedback, lower than 200 days earlier than the postponed Video games begin in July, include better Tokyo underneath a state of emergency over a spike in coronavirus instances and with international locations all over the world battling outbreaks.
In a New 12 months’s deal with to workers, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto put a constructive spin on a Kyodo information ballot printed Sunday displaying 45 p.c need the 2020 Video games delayed once more, with 35 p.c favouring outright cancellation.
“The variety of individuals calling for it to be cancelled has solely risen by about 5 p.c,” Muto stated.
“The variety of individuals calling for it to be postponed has risen so much, however which means these individuals nonetheless need it to be held,” he added.
“After all, for it to be held, we have now to ensure that we maintain a secure Video games with anti-virus measures. Should you consider it in these phrases, I firmly consider individuals will get an increasing number of 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 an alternative, changing Paris.
Muto additionally dismissed as “faux information” a Japanese media report claiming the Worldwide Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 organisers would debate the destiny of the Video games in February.
“When most of these experiences floor, some individuals may really feel anxious about them,” stated Muto.
“I need to say that we’re not considering that manner in any respect, and that these experiences are fallacious.”