‘Batten down the hatches’: Tokyo Olympics close to cancellation over coronavirus pandemic

Japanese lawmakers see a growing likelihood that the Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled due to the lingering coronavirus pandemic.

“As long as the coronavirus spreads, it is irresponsible to keep moving forward based only on wishful thinking,” leading opposition lawmaker Yukio Edano said Thursday. “We should batten down the hatches.”

Japan and International Olympic Committee officials postponed the Summer Olympics at a projected cost of $2.8 billion, just weeks after the pandemic interrupted the NBA season and scuttled college basketball’s March Madness in the United States. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s team has aspired to host the competition in 2021, but opposition
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