Japan's new prime minister has gotten the word bent from the president of the International Olympic Committee that he's behind next year's delayed Tokyo Games.
Yoshiro Mori, the top of the local organising committee and also a former prime minister, said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga features a "strong commitment" to the Tokyo Olympics.
Mori said that was the message he conveyed on a call to IOC President Thomas Bach.
"Mr. Bach was very happy when he heard this," Mori said, speaking on Thursday at the organising committee offices. "He said he wanted to fly over immediately and thank Mr. Suga for that."
Tokyo organisers say the games will open on 23 July, 2021, despite the coronavirus pandemic, but they have given few details about exactly how, and at what added costs.
They have said specifics about fans, quarantines, border controls and testing won't be forthcoming until the top of the year, or maybe into early 2021.
Mori told Bach the reappointment of the 2 ministers directly connected to the Olympics — Education Minister Koichi Hagiuda and Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto — showed the government's continued support.
"Making the Olympics and Paralympics a hit , using all means, is the strong commitment of Japan," Hagiuda said, speaking alongside Mori. "There are many challenges but, because the minister is responsible , i might wish to do my utmost to unravel them — one by one."
Hashimoto, an Olympic medalist , said her focus was the athletes.
"I think making environments where athletes can respect one another and compete to the simplest of their ability is the most vital ," she said.
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