IOC VP: Tokyo Olympics go ahead even if state of emergency

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TOKYO (AP) — The IOC vice president in charge of the Tokyo Olympics says the games will open in just over two months even if the city and other parts of Japan are under a state of emergency because of rising COVID-19 cases.

John Coates spoke on a virtual hookup with Tokyo organizers after three days of meetings.

The Olympics are set to open on July 23. Coates says the Olympics will go on even if local medical experts advise against it.

He says advice from the World Health Organization assured him that “all of those measures that we are undertaking are satisfactory and will ensure a safe and secure games in terms of health.”

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