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Olympics not possible under current conditions: Mori

Yoshiro Mori, president of the organizing committee.

Tokyo, July 22 | Yoshiro Mori, president of the organizing committee on Wednesday said that the delayed Tokyo Olympics could not be held next year if conditions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continue as they are,

Mori said he was hopeful the situation would improve and suggested a vaccine was the key.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021, a year from Thursday. A small, 15-minute ceremony without fans is scheduled for Thursday at the new national stadium to mark the date.

The International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers have repeatedly expressed confidence the games will take place, though they have offered few details on how they can happen in the middle of a pandemic.

The IOC and organizers have also said the Olympics will not be postponed again and would be canceled.

Organizers and the IOC say they want to simplify the games to help reduce the soaring costs. But officials cannot say now if fans will be permitted next year, or if athletes will face quarantines. They say few details will be available until the fall.

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