Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori speaks in teleconference with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Tokyo Thursday, April 16, 2020. Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Thursday they will try to cut many of the extras out of next year’s postponed games. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)

The development of a coronavirus vaccine or treatment will be key to allowing the postponed Tokyo 2020 games to open in a year’s time, organising committee president Yoshiro Mori said Wednesday.


Asked what factors will be crucial for the rescheduled Games to go ahead, Mori said “it would be whether the coronavirus woe is settling down.”

Asked whether Tokyo could hold the Games if the virus situation remained unchanged, Mori said: “If things continue as they are now, we couldn’t.”

But he said that scenario was hypothetical.

Tokyo 2020 should have been opening on Friday, but the Games were postponed in March as the coronavirus spread across the globe, marking the worst disruption to an Olympics since two editions were cancelled during World War II.

The Games are now set to open on July 23, 2021, but recent polls have shown less public enthusiasm for hosting the event, as virus cases show a resurgence in Japan.