Tokyo Olympics 2020: Games 'unlikely' to go ahead due to COVID-19, says London 2012's deputy chairman Keith Mills

Japanese and International Olympic Committee officials remain adamant the 2020 Games, already postponed for a year, will go ahead in July and August despite the ongoing health crisis.

Agence France-Presse January 20, 2021 10:15:49 IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Games 'unlikely' to go ahead due to COVID-19, says London 2012's deputy chairman Keith Mills

The postponed Tokyo Olympics is set to begin on 23 July. AP

The Tokyo Olympics look "unlikely" to go ahead as the coronavirus pandemic continues to paralyse large parts of the world, a senior official from the London 2012 Games has said.

Keith Mills, who was deputy chairman of the London 2012 organising committee, said Tokyo officials should be making plans to cancel.

Japanese and International Olympic Committee officials remain adamant the 2020 Games, already postponed for a year, will go ahead in July and August despite the ongoing health crisis.

"Personally, sitting here, looking at the pandemic around the world, in South America, North America, Africa and Europe, it looks unlikely," Mills told the BBC.

"If I were sitting in the shoes of the organisers, I would be making plans for a cancellation and I'm sure they do, but I think they will leave it until absolutely the last minute in case the situation improves dramatically.

"But it is a tough call."

Tokyo and other parts of Japan are currently under a state of emergency to quash a surge in infections, and polls indicate that public support for the Olympics has plunged.

But World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said he still thought the Games would go ahead.

"I don't think it will be cancelled," Coe told Sky News. "It'll be a challenge, we know. It's pretty self-evident. There will be adaptations."

"I think the Games will take place but they will look different," he added.

Updated Date:

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the first year. Use code PRO499. Limited period offer. *T&C apply

also read

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Wrestler Bajrang Punia takes break from social media to focus on preparation for Games
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Wrestler Bajrang Punia takes break from social media to focus on preparation for Games

Punia will be seen in action in the UWW ranking series event — Matteo Pellicone in Italy from Thursday.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: USA to begin quest for fourth straight men’s basketball gold against France
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: USA to begin quest for fourth straight men’s basketball gold against France

The mighty US, aiming to win their fourth straight gold and 16th in total, will face the French at Saitama Stadium, north of the Japanese capital, on the first day of the basketball competition.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Decision on foreign fans at Games this month, say organisers
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Decision on foreign fans at Games this month, say organisers

Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto said that the safety of Japanese citizens "is the priority", after holding talks with top officials from IOC, IPC, Japanese government and Tokyo metropolitan government.