Tokyo to skip one-year Olympic countdown, says report

Tokyo is likely to scrap events marking a year to go until the postponed 2020 Olympic Games; fearing…

Tokyo is likely to scrap events marking a year to go until the postponed 2020 Olympic Games; fearing a celebration would be inappropriate during the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese media said on Friday.

The Games have been postpone until July 23, 2021 over the pandemic.

Last year, the city and organisers held a series of events to mark the one-year countdown, including unveiling the newly designed medals.

But given the global crisis, a similar celebration is unlikely this July, Kyodo news agency say, citing a source within the organising committee.

National broadcaster NHK, also citing committee sources, say there were concerns about holding large-scale events while the risk of infection remains.

There was no immediate comment from Tokyo 2020 organisers.

Tokyo’s governor confirmed the city and organisers are looking at ways to scale back next year’s Games.

The new coronavirus has infected more than 6.5 million people and killed about 386,000 around the world. Japan has reported some 17,000 infections and 900 known deaths to date.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said it would be “difficult” to hold the postponed Tokyo Olympics if the coronavirus pandemic is not contained.

And Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori has said the Olympics would have to be cancel if the pandemic isn’t under control by next year.

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