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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Clock ticks down on decision time for Tokyo Olympics

Japan's political calendar hangs on fate of long-awaited event

A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, stands in front of The Tokyo Olympic flag 1964 at The Japan Olympics museum in Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan and the International Olympic Committee insist that the 2020 summer games will proceed at the end of July as scheduled, even as the growing number of new coronavirus cases at home and abroad threatens that prospect.

"We are absolutely not considering a change in plans," Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, told reporters Wednesday.

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