TOKYO — The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Wednesday that he has received an apology from a board member who said the 2020 Games should be delayed a year to two because of the coronavirus.
Yoshiro Mori called a news conference at committee headquarters to shoot down the comments.
“There is no plan now to change our plans,” Mori said, speaking in Japanese.
He was referring to comments from Haruyuki Takahashi, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
“I have spoken to Mr. Takahashi, and he has apologized,” Mori said. “He certainly said an outlandish thing.”
Mori said Takahashi was speaking for himself. Takahashi is not involved in the day-to-day running of the organizing committee, which is directed by Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto.
The Tokyo Olympics are being threatened by the spreading coronavirus. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly said the Games will open July 24 as planned, with the Paralympics opening Aug. 25.
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