Tokyo Olympics organisers say Games on 'solid ground'
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Tokyo Olympics organisers said Thursday they were encouraged by the support of IOC chief Thomas Bach and felt on "solid ground" to hold the virus-postponed event, despite growing debate over its feasibility.
Tokyo's first Olympic test event this year, an artistic swimming competition scheduled for March, was postponed on Thursday for two months because of travel restrictions.
But despite falling public support in Japan, the United Australia, Australia and Canada have all backed the Games, as have several top athletes.
"One year ago, there was a certain mood. Now it's completely different. Many voices are being raised, wanting to go to Tokyo as soon as possible," said Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto, who also spoke to Bach on Thursday.
"During the athletes' committee, there was an atmosphere -- 'Even if there are various circumstances, let's make a new Olympics by themselves by overcoming the circumstances.' (Bach) told us that he was so moved," he said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has also told the IOC that China will support the organisation for the Games to go ahead, Muto added.
"This I cannot tell you," he said when asked if fans would be able to attend. "Our priority is to ensure safe Olympic Games."