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2021 Olympics going ahead: IOC

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The Tokyo Olympics will go ahead in August, said International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates.

Coates said he had no doubt that the Games, already postponed by a year due to the pandemic, will proceed as planned.

“Absolutely, it’s going ahead,” Coates told reporters after an Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) annual general meeting in Sydney.

Coates said he is confident the outlined health requirements for all participants unveiled by organizers last week were “a guide for a safe and successful Games.”

There is opposition, however, in Japan towards the Olympics proceeding with more than 230,000 people signing a petition calling for them to be cancelled.

A COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo and some parts of Japan was extended on May 7.