— Published 4 June 2021

Prime Minister cancels reception

Tokyo 2020

Receptions for the officials during the Tokyo Games promise not to be very festive because of the sanitary crisis. According to Kyodo News, citing sources close to the matter, a reception for foreign dignitaries initially planned by the Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, has been purely and simply cancelled. It was to take place on August 8th, the day of the closing ceremony. The evening in a large hotel in Tokyo was supposed to include IOC representatives. The reason for the cancellation was the risk related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the desire of the organisers and the authorities to reduce the cost of the Games. The decision to cancel the evening was also taken to prevent giving new arguments to the opponents of holding the Olympic and Paralympic event in the midst of a pandemic. The IOC had led the way when it decided to abandon its plan to hold a grand ceremony at the National Theatre in Tokyo before the opening of the Games on July 23rd.