Tokyo (AP) - According to the head of the Japanese organizing committee, the Tokyo Olympic Games will also take place next summer "with Corona". This is what Toshiro Muto said, according to a report by the Financial Times.

"I don't know what the status of corona infections will be next summer, but the chances that it's a thing of the past are not very high," Muto said. "Rather, it is important to host the Olympic Games for people who have to live with Covid-19." In the English-speaking world, the name of the lung disease Covid-19 caused by the coronavirus is often used as a term for the pandemic itself.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee and host Japan had postponed the games planned for this year after a long hesitation at the end of March. They are now scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

Just a few days ago, Muto said in an interview with the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung": "Covid-19 is not a threat that can be quickly extinguished or bypassed." If the games in Tokyo can be realized in the coming year under these conditions, then they can become a model for other global events and sporting events. That would really be a legacy of Tokyo 2020. »

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