Tokyo 2020 should be held ‘at any cost’, says Japan minister


Japan's Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto says Tokyo 2020 should be held next year ‘at any cost’ given the athletes' efforts to be ready. – EPA pic, September 8, 2020.

TOKYO 2020 should be held next year “at any cost” given athletes’ efforts to be ready, Japan’s Olympic minister said today, a day after the IOC’s John Coates told AFP that the postponed Games would go ahead in 2021 “with or without Covid”.

“For the Games next year, athletes are continuing to work hard in the environments they find themselves in. So I feel we have to hold it at any cost,” Seiko Hashimoto said when asked about International Olympic Committee vice-president Coates’s remarks.


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