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Officials discussing streamlined Tokyo Olympics to prevent cancellation

An increasing number of events and sporting fixtures are being cancelled or postponed around Japan as coronavirus cases continue to grow and concerns mount over the possibility that the epidemic will force the postponement or even cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko says talks are underway to ‘simplify’ next year’s planned Olympics and Paralympics.

Changes under consideration are reported to include scaled back opening and closing ceremonies and reductions in the number of spectators.

To counter Covid-19 concerns, the provision of medical services, including tests for athletes, staff and spectators, and restrictions on movement from the athletes’ village are also being considered, according to Kyodo News.

Koike said on Thursday the Tokyo metropolitan government would work with the Games’ organising committee and the Japanese government to consider what needs to be streamlined or simplified.

In April, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said the Tokyo Olympics could not take place next year unless the Covid-19 pandemic is contained.