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Organizers say Tokyo Olympics will go ahead






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There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not the Tokyo Olympics will take place in July. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president has vowed that the event will go ahead. It said: "Our task is to organize the Olympic Games and not to cancel them." It added it is working "day and night" to host a safe event. An IOC spokesperson said he was "confident" the Games would go ahead, "unless some drastic changes occur". He added: "I hope that we're able to pull it off." He said: "There are no certainties in life and what might happen with the virus."

The Games are a logistical nightmare. Authorities have to secure the safety of 11,000 athletes, the world's media and spectators. Over 25,000 journalists attended the Games in 2016. Tokyo is currently under a state of emergency amid a third wave of infections. Warmer weather and a vaccine rollout will see safer conditions. Japan's Prime Minister is sure the Games will take place. However, an anti-Olympics group in Tokyo accused Japan's government of being "obsessed" with the Games. It said: "The Olympics would sacrifice people's lives."

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