No objections from Olympic partners say Tokyo organizers

Representatives from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic organising committee said on Thursday (January 28) there were no doubts or objections from any of its partners, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and sporting federations, about Japan hosting the rearranged Games this year.

Tokyo organisers are preparing for the Olympics, which are due to start on July 23, against a backdrop of dwindling public support for the Games in Japan amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The organising committee's president Yoshiro Mori spoke with IOC President Thomas Bach on Thursday and said he had received assurances that Tokyo had the full backing of all Olympic stakeholders.

Mori also said Bach had asked Tokyo officials for an update on Japan's vaccination roll-out. Japan lags behind most other developed nations, with the first vaccinations not expected until late February.

"President Bach expressed his hope that there will be great progress with vaccinations in Japan and that as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, will be able to get the vaccine," said Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto in the news conference.

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