February 2, 2021 at 17:50 JST
Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games organising committee President Yoshiro Mori speaks to the media after a video conference with IOC President Thomas Bach at the headquarters in Tokyo on Jan. 28. (Pool Photo via AP)
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said on Tuesday that Japan would hold the Summer Olympics regardless of the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and was working closely with the International Olympic Committee to make them happen.
“We will hold the Olympics, regardless of how the coronavirus (situation) looks,” Mori said, adding that the discussion should focus on how, not whether, the Olympics will happen.
“We must consider new ways of hosting the Olympics” as a part of that, he said.
Mori added that while working together had its difficulties, Tokyo 2020 organizers and the IOC had a strong relationship.
Mori was speaking at the start of a meeting with Japan's Sports Research Commission.
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