15 Apr 2021: Japan's ruling party official says canceling Tokyo Games 'an option'
Toshihiro Nikai, the secretary-general of Japan's ruling party, on Thursday said canceling the Olympics could be an option if the novel coronavirus pandemic keeps gripping the country.
Nikai, the No. 2 leader of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's Liberal Democratic Party, made the hypothetical remark while recording a TV program at TBS.
He said it's natural to have an option of canceling the Games.
Comments: We would have to give it [Games] up decisively: Nikai
Nikai said Japan will need to gibe the Games up decisively if the nation can no longer hold the Olympics safely.
"We would have to give it up decisively if we reach the point we can no longer hold the games [safely]," Nikai said.
He also said Japan would "decide based on the [infection] situation at the time."
Fact: Nikai wants to see the Olympics succeed
The 2020 Olympics got postponed by a year and the global sporting event is scheduled to kick off on July 23. Nikai also insisted he wants to see the Olympics succeed, as the Tokyo Games are an opportunity for Japan.