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Tokyo games will '100%' be held this summer: IOC vice president

John Coates says decisions on spectators to be made in March or April

John Coates, a vice president of the International Olympic Committee, at a November 2020 news conference in Tokyo. (Pool photo)

LONDON -- An International Olympic Committee vice president said the Tokyo games will "100%" go ahead in summer, despite the pandemic, global disparities in vaccine rollouts, and low public support in Japan.

"It's difficult. It's difficult, but the games will take place," John Coates told Nikkei Asia in a video interview Wednesday.

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