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Governor Koike: Tokyo Olympics to be postponed “no later than summer 2021”

25 Mar 2020
Koike said she was relieved when she thinks of
Koike said she was relieved when she thinks of "the feelings of all who have been working for the Games and all who were looking so forward to Tokyo 2020." (AFP)
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Updated 25 Mar 2020
25 Mar 2020

Arab News Japan

In response to the 24 March agreement to postpone the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Tokyo’s Governor Yuriko Koike said the games were postponed for the safety of spectators and athletes.

She said in a statement released Wednesday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Bach agreed to postpone the Gamesno later than summer 2021, as well as to keep the name Tokyo 2020.

“It was made clear that the Games will not be canceled, and we now have a more concrete target to aim for. The athletes, who have been concerned about this situation, have also been provided with a goal,” she added. 

Koike said she was relieved when she thinks of “the feelings of all who have been working for the Games and all who were looking so forward to Tokyo 2020.”

“Many various initiatives will be needed to overcome COVID-19 and deliver a successful Games next year,” Koike said, adding: “Your ongoing support and cooperation is crucial. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will commit all its resources and work closely with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the national government, and other stakeholders to fully prepare for the delivery of a Games that is safe and secure for the athletes, spectators, and everyone. “

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