Japan is insisting that the Olympics will be held this summer in Tokyo with fans, despite the country recording a surge in COVID-19 cases.
In a written statement, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga promised that the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics games would be held this summer regardless of the pandemic. Suga described the games as being “a symbol of world unity,” and promised that this year’s games would be “safe and secure.” (RELATED: REPORT: Russia Can’t Use Its Name, Anthem Or Flag At The Next 2 Olympics)
???? “Games will be held this summer” and be “safe and secure”.
The delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will go ahead this summer.
That’s according to Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 1, 2021
In order to tackle the virus, Japan has temporarily banned any non-resident of Japan from entering the country until Jan. 31, however local and government officials are warning that Japan might need to declare a state of emergency in order to fight the spread of the virus.
Earlier this week, Japan hinted at a possible 14-day quarantine period for athletes upon their arrival in July.