The Tokyo Olympics are “unlikely” to go ahead this summer, according to the former boss of London 2012.
Sir Keith Mills, an entrepreneur who served as the chief executive for the Olympics in Britain eight years ago, says the organisers of the postponed games in Japan should now be “making plans for cancelation.”
Tokyo has seen a surge in coronavirus cases during a third wave of the virus, with hospitals on Japan on the brink of collapse, according to health experts.
Speaking to Radio 5 Live, Mills said: “I think they’ll leave it to absolutely the last minute in case the situation improves dramatically, in case the vaccinations roll out faster than we all hoped. It’s a tough call.
“Personally, sitting here looking at the pandemic around the world, it looks unlikely I have to say.
“If I was sitting in the shoes of the organising committee in Tokyo, I would be making plans for a cancellation and I’m sure they have plans for a cancellation. They’ve got another month or so before they need to make a call.”
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were initially scheduled for last summer but were postponed until 2021 due to the global pandemic.
Now scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, followed by the Paralympics from August 25 to September 5, the Prime Minister of Japan has vowed to push ahead with the plans to hold the Games, but public opposition has been growing.
Some reports suggested that athletes may need to quarantine before competing in the Olympics, which would make it impossible for cyclists racing the Tour de France to compete in the Tokyo road race, with just 10 days between the two events.
However, the Tokyo 2020 organisers have since denied that a quarantine would be put in place.