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The Tokyo Olympics Will Happen In 2021 Regardless Of COVID-19

The Tokyo Olympics Will Happen In 2021 Regardless Of COVID-19

Olympic and Paralympic officials say the Games will be held in 2021 "at any cost".

For the first time since World War Two, event organisers were forced to cancel the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo resulting in them being postponed until the following year.

And while an end date to the pandemic is still unknown, the Japanese government maintain that the historic competition will go ahead.

Seiko Hashimoto. Credit: PA
Seiko Hashimoto. Credit: PA
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The coronavirus pandemic continues to plague live sporting events with countless athletes withdrawing from some of the biggest competitions and tournaments on the planet.

On top of that, the sports that have continued to play have had to do so without any spectators in attendance.

But Olympic officials insist the rescheduled Tokyo Games won't be canned for the second year in a row - regardless of the COVID-19 situation.

"Everyone involved with the Games is working together to prepare, and the athletes are also making considerable efforts towards next year," Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto said.

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The original 2020 Olympic logos. Credit: tokyo2020.org
The original 2020 Olympic logos. Credit: tokyo2020.org

"I think we have to hold the Games at any cost.

"I want to concentrate all our efforts on measures against the coronavirus."

It's understood Olympic officials are working hard to find a middle ground so that the Games can go ahead safely.

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While atmosphere and packed stadiums is all a part of the 'Olympic feeling', fans are going to have to come to terms with the fact that the Tokyo Games may be played out in empty arenas.

Moreover, it's no secret that event chiefs are looking to condense the games in order to prevent the risk of spreading the virus.

That means that some events could be scrapped altogether to ensure the operations go ahead smoothly.

Featured Image Credit: tokyo2020.org

Topics: olympics, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Athletics, Australia, Tokyo 2020, Covid-19

Max Sherry

Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.