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Japan is still planning to host the Olympics this July

Tokyo and the International Olympic Committee are 'considering different options' in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Around this time last month, Tokyo announced that it was opening up ticket sales to non-residents in mid-May. It's an understatement to say that a lot has happened since then, with the COVID-19 outbreak now being considered a pandemic. As a result, events and venues around the globe are shutting down in order to promote social distancing and slow the spread of the virus. Nevertheless, it looks like the Tokyo 2020 Olympics may still be on.

SHINE reports that Japan is continuing to prepare for the Olympics as planned. The Games, if scheduled as usual, will take place on July 24, and are intended to be held in their 'complete' form... whatever that means. Since Tokyo's initial announcement, the International Olympic Committee has begun to consider 'different scenarios' for how the Games will take place, but it's not looking like anyone is making plans to postpone or outright cancel the Games anytime soon.

The event is several months into the future, so with any luck the pandemic will have calmed down by that time. Until then, may the odds be ever in our favour.

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