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Canada/Canadian-Media: Both the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and local organizers refute reports of cancelation of already postponed Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for Aug. 24.
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Reports of cancellation of Tokyo Olympics began to spread after Tokyo and other district administrative divisions were placed under a state of emergency by the Japanese government to counter a surge of rising COVID-19 cases.
Following initial reports, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) CEO David Shoemaker said the organization was unaware of any decisions made by the Japanese government and tweeted that the committee "has confidence that the Games can be staged safely and successfully given what has been learned in the sport over the last several months and the emphasis the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee have placed on COVID-19 countermeasures,"
Second postponement or cancellation of Tokyo Olympics was also favored by Japan's public opinion with 80 percent in several polls largely due to the failure of Tokyo, a metropolitan area of 35 million, to contain the surge of COVId-19 pandemic cases.
Thomas Bach, IOC president said that proper measures against the virus will focus on testing, quarantines, social distancing, and keeping athletes largely isolated.
In a statement on Friday, the local organizing committee said that with the support of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, the Olympics were going forward.
"All our delivery partners including the national government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the IOC [International Olympic Committee] and the IPC [International Paralympic Committee] are fully focused on hosting the games this summer," the statement said.
"We hope that daily life can return to normal as soon as possible, and we will continue to make every effort to prepare for safe and secure games."
Earlier in the week Senior of IOC. Richard Pound suggested that the Olympics may be held as a mostly television event without fans.
Radical changes may be needed to pull off the Tokyo Olympics, involving 11,000 athletes and tens of thousands of coaches, officials, judges, VIPS, media, and broadcasters, said Bach and added that organizers were in a better position to hold the Olympics now than they were 10 months ago when the games were postponed.