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Pound says Tokyo organizers believe they can host safe Games

Canadian lawyer and long-standing IOC member Dick Pound says the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee is determined to host the Games this summer.

Last week, Tokyo organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto was forced to assure the world that the postponed Games will open in just over three months.

Questions arose after Toshihiro Nakai, the general secretary of the ruling LDP political party, suggested cancellation was still a possibility amid rising cases of COVID-19 in Japan.

Organizers, Pound says, believe they can create the necessary bubble for safety for athletes and Japanese citizens, the majority of whom have voted in recent polls that they are against hosting the Games this summer.

The Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 23. The Games were postponed last summer due to the pandemic.

The IOC and Japan organizers say they will release playbooks this month with more details about health and safety protocols in Tokyo.

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