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Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics `focused on hosting'

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Posted at 9:05 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 23:39:42-05

IOC President Thomas Bach and local organizers are pushing back against reports that the postponed Tokyo Olympics will be canceled.

Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and now the event appears threatened again. The Times of London, citing unidentified government sources, reported that the games will have to be canceled.

In a statement Friday, the local organizing committee did not address directly The Times story, but said the Olympics were going forward and had the support of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

The Times of London reported that Tokyo is looking at securing the Olympics in 2032, indicating that the Summer Games would not be played until 2024.

“No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult,” the source said. “Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”