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Commuters in Tokyo make their way past a poster celebrating the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, foreground, on Tuesday.
Commuters in Tokyo make their way past a poster celebrating the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, foreground, on Tuesday. Credit: Jae C. Hong/AP

There is no current threshold that could derail the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto told CNN’s Blake Essig at a news conference on Wednesday evening.

When asked if there was there had been discussion with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) about a tipping point that could lead to the cancelation or postponement of this summer’s Games, Muto said: “No not at all, we are planning to have the Games as planned. We are doing our utmost to make it happen.” 

Tokyo Olympic organizing committee chairman Yoshio Mori acknowledged public opinion surrounding the coronavirus, saying that it is important to listen and take that into account in what he called a “constantly changing situation.”

Responding to Japan’s Olympic Minister’s Tuesday statement outlining the potential for postponement of the Games, Mori responded: “I don’t know, I’m not a god.”

Japan’s minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Seiko Hashimoto, had said that the Tokyo Games “could be postponed until later this year.”

At the news conference on Wednesday, the organizing committee also assured that it will take all necessary steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among runners, spectators and staff as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Relay begins on March 20.  

The group said they would make decisions based on the status of infection in the prefectures where each leg is being run.

Tokyo 2020 is due to officially begin on July 24.



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