Written By: Frank Raj
Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto has said that Japan’s agreement with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2020 games could be postponed till the end of 2020.
“We are doing all we can to ensure that the Games go ahead as planned.”
“The contract calls for the games to be held within 2020. That could be interpreted as allowing a postponement,” the minister said in response to a question in parliament.
The Tokyo Olympics are due to get underway in July this year in the capital. But Japan has counted 274 cases of coronavirus as infections worldwide continue to spike.
The right to cancel the Games belongs to the IOC under Japan’s hosting agreement.
But speculation about a delay or cancellation of the Olympics has mounted, as coronavirus concerns have led to other sporting events like Six Nations Rugby matches being cancelled, and some Serie A games to be postponed.
The coronavirus outbreak has sent Japan’s economy sprawling. Japan warned it was teetering on the brink of recession in January, and now its central bank has said it will inject cash into the economy if the coronavirus epidemic gets worse.