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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Olympics should be delayed: Japan committee member

'Training puts athletes at risk,' medalist Yamaguchi warns

Kaori Yamaguchi is a professor of physical education at the University of Tsukuba.

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Summer Olympics should be postponed, a Japanese committee official told Nikkei on Thursday, arguing that athletes are already at risk by continuing to train for the games amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Kaori Yamaguchi, who took the bronze medal for judo at the 1988 games in Seoul, became the first Japanese Olympic Committee executive board member to openly split with the International Olympic Committee, which is still set on proceeding with the games from the end of July as scheduled.

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