- Title: Paralympics on track despite rising COVID cases in Japan say organisers
- Date: 2nd August 2021
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE - APRIL 26, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SWIMMERS DURING PARALYMPICS TEST EVENT TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE - AUGUST 25, 2019) (REUTERS) INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT, DUANE KALE, PLAYING WHEELCHAIR TENNIS AT EVENT TO MARK WHAT WAS THEN ONE YEAR TO GO UNTIL THE START OF THE GAMES VARIOUS OF THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATING IN WHEELCHAIR TENNIS VARIOUS OF BOCCIA BEING PLAYED AT EVENT MEDALS BEING UNVEILED ON STAGE VARIOUS OF MEDALS
- Embargoed: 16th August 2021 13:24
- Keywords: COVID-19 Japan Olympics Paralympics Rio Tokyo
- Location: BONN, GERMANY, RIO, BRAZIL, AND TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: BONN, GERMANY, RIO, BRAZIL, AND TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Olympics,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA004EOL5E87
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is confident that the Paralympics will go ahead at the end of this month, a spokesperson said on Monday (August 2), despite rising COVID case numbers in Japan and continued opposition from some members of the public.
The rising case numbers had led some to speculate that the Paralympics may not be held, something denied by Craig Spence of the IPC.
"For the last 18 months we've heard a different rumour on an hourly basis, if we reacted to every rumour we heard we'd never sleep," he said, adding that they had received reassurances from the stakeholders that mattered, including the Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan government.
Spence also said he hoped the huge outcry that followed the near cancellation of the Rio Paralympics in 2016 made it even more unlikely something similar would happen this time around.
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