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Tokyo Olympic organising committee head tries to reassure doubting country

The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee tried on Tuesday to reassure the Japanese public that the postponed games will open in just over six months

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The president of the Olympic organizing committee tried on Tuesday to reassure the Japanese public that the postponed games will open in just over six months.

Two polls in the last few days have shown just over 80% of Japanese people surveyed think the should be canceled or postponed, or believe they will not take place as COVID-19 cases surge in Japan.

In what was billed as a New Year's address, Mori gave a little pep talk aimed at the July 23 opening of the

Spring will always come, morning will surely come even after long nights," President Yoshiro Mori said.

"Believing in that, to give joy and hope to many people, we will do our best until the end.

Organizers and the International Olympic Committee have repeated for months that the delayed will be able to open during the pandemic. But they have given few specifics and have said detailed plans will be revealed in the spring.

It's an enormous job. More than 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes from 200 nations and territories will have to enter Japan, along with ten of thousands of other officials, coaches, and judges. No decision has been made public about fans being able to attend venues. It's also unclear if fans from about will be permitted.

Optimism from organizers has been put into question by a state of emergency for and surrounding areas declared last week by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Japan has controlled the virus relatively well, but cases are rising with about 4,000 deaths in Japan attributed to COVID-19.

Japan has a population of 126 million.

If I get caught up in my thoughts, or if I flinch, or get a little lost in my mind it affects everything, Mori said.

We have to proceed as planned. There is no other way to respond.

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First Published: Tue, January 12 2021. 13:53 IST