The Times tabloid announced that the Japanese government privately stated the Tokyo Olympics will be cancelled because of the coronavirus. However, they say their focus now is on claiming the Games for the city in 2032.
The Australian Olympic Committee has since denied reports of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics being cancelled. The chef de mission for the AOC, Ian Chesterman swears the report was a rumor. The AOC is eager to get their athletes to the Games and is continuing its planning to ensuring the Australian Olympic Team arrives and competes in Tokyo COVID-free.
Shortly after the claims came out of Japan cancelling the Games, the Japanese government called the reports “categorically untrue” and that they were determined to obtain safe and secure 2021 Tokyo Games.
The concerning factor about Japan going ahead with the Olympics is that they are level 4 which is a very high level of COVID-19, and are currently in a state of emergency. Australia is level 1, which is low level of COVID-19. COVID-19 barley exists there, and people live a relatively normal life. Hence, it is no wonder Australia invested in geting their athletes to the Games.
With COVID-19 raging in many parts of the world, it is not out of the question that the Games will be cancelled or postponed for another year. Research has concluded that we simply do not yet know what sport will look like following the pandemic. Therefore, even if things are under control in places like Australia, bringing more than 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries together for the Olympic Games could reignite COVID-19 and make things much worse.