Australian Olympic Committee denies report that the 2021 Tokyo Olympics are cancelled

Tokyo Olympics, 2021
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The Australian Olympic Committee have denied reports that the 2021 Tokyo Olympics are cancelled.

The 2020 Olympics was pushed back to 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report in The Timesreveals that Japan has given up on any hope of hosting the Games and will now look for hosting rights to the 2032 Games instead.

Australian Olympic Committee chef de mission for the 2021 Games, Ian Chesterman insisted the report was nothing more than a rumour.

“It’s unfortunate that our athlete’s have to deal with this rumour mill,” he told Triple M.

In a statement, the Australian Olympic Committee denied that the Games will be cancelled.

“Both Japanese Prime Minister Suga and IOC President Bach have this week strongly reaffirmed their commitment to the Tokyo Olympic Games going ahead in July this year,” the statement read.

“The AOC is continuing its planning to ensuring the Australian Olympic Team arrives in Tokyo, competes and returns home safe and COVID-free.

“The AOC, Federal Government, Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council are continuing to progress the candidature for the Games to be held in Queensland in 2032 – and that process continues.”

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