The approval of this proposal is scheduled to take place on April 28 during an online meeting of the members of the organizing committee of the Games, the Tokyo government and members of the International Olympic Committee.
On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has declared a state of emergency for the prefectures of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo from April 25 to May 11 due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases. As of April 24, Japan saw over 5,000 new cases.
The Tokyo Olympics were planned to be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but were postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be now held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. Initially, the Games aimed to host 10,000 - 12,000 athletes, but due to the pandemic, the number will be reduced. (UNI)