Tokyo governor says Olympics to go ahead next year

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, on Monday said that the Olympics must happen next year as a “symbol of world unity” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, reported Reuters.

Japan has managed to keep any massive outbreak at bay but there have been recent spikes in infections in Tokyo, which has more than a third of the country’s total tally of 20,000-plus registered cases.

The 2020 Olympics were slated to take place in July but plans were scuppered due to the pandemic.

“I want to host them as a symbol of the world coming together to overcome this tough situation and of strengthened bonds among humankind,” Koike told Reuters.

The governor didn’t divulge any details on a deadline to decide whether the Games could go ahead.

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