The rearranged Tokyo Games must be held “at any cost” in 2021, says Japan’s Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto.
Hashimoto said the Games should be held for the benefit of the athletes, regardless of the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee took the unprecedented decision in March to postpone the Games, originally scheduled to begin in July, until 2021 because of the virus.
Officials from the Japanese government, local Tokyo government and the Olympics organising committee met for the first time last week to develop steps to counter the coronavirus at the Games.
Organisers are looking at over 200 proposals on how best to deal with the virus, including easing travel restrictions for foreign athletes, anti-virus measures at the Athletes’ Village and how to handle spectators.