Viability of Tokyo Olympics being questioned by experts

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Delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Olympic Games slotted to take place in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, 2021 are once again in hot water as entrepreneur Sir Keith Mills told the BBC that “organizers should now be making plans for cancellation.”

“If I was sitting in the shoes of the organizing committee in Tokyo, I would be making plans for a cancellation and I’m sure they have plans for a cancellation,” Mills said. “They’ve got another month or so before they need to make a call.”

While Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set on still hosting the games, a 22 percent increase in the cost of the games could create more road blocks for the event as the six month countdown to the event looms.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has emphasized his plans for the games to go on, emphasizing that “there in no plan B” for this Olympic Games.

“We have, at this moment, no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on 23 July in the Olympic stadium in Tokyo,” Bach told Kyodo News in an interview just days ahead of the six-month countdown toward the games.

Taro Kono became the first Japanese cabinet minister to admit doubt about the upcoming games last week while a recent Kyodo News survey found 80 percent of Japanese people want the games to be cancelled or postponed of the games amidst the global pandemic.