Tokyo Olympics: Cancellation not discussed after sponsor's editorial

Kenji Utsunomiya, a Japanese lawyer, displaying a campaign poster calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics. (AFP)
Kenji Utsunomiya, a Japanese lawyer, displaying a campaign poster calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics. (AFP)

Tokyo - Japanese newspaper publisher Asahi Shimbun called for the Games to be cancelled in an editorial



By Reuters

Published: Wed 26 May 2021, 4:34 PM

Last updated: Wed 26 May 2021, 4:49 PM

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said on Wednesday it was only natural for news organisations to have different views on the Olympics Summer Games, when asked about an editorial from a sponsor company urging cancellation.

He added that no board member had discussed the cancellation or delay of the Games as a possibility during a Tokyo 2020 board meeting held earlier in the day.

Japanese newspaper publisher Asahi Shimbun, an official partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, called for the Summer Games to be cancelled in an editorial on Wednesday, citing risks to public safety and strains on the medical system from the Covid-19 pandemic.


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