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Tokyo Olympics in doubt, but Japan, IOC refute rumors

The Tokyo Olympic Games remain on track to start in July, but there are rumblings it might not work out.

A traffic sign is seen next to an official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games banner hanging on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building on January 22, 2021. Photo by BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organizers insist the Olympic Games remain on track for this summer in spite of a report in The Times that organizers have privately concluded the Summer Games will need to be canceled.

The IOC released a statement claiming the report was “categorically untrue.” IOC President Thomas Bach acknowledged the priority of safety, but also said there is, “no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on 23 July in the Olympic stadium in Tokyo. This is why there is no plan B and this is why we are fully committed to make these Games safe and successful.”

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Manabu Sakai addressed the report at a regularly scheduled press conference, stating that “We would like to fully deny (the report) by saying there is no truth to it (report of cancellation).”

The Tokyo Olympics are currently scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8th