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The government had expected the Games to fuel a surge in overseas visitors to 40 million this year. Now, it may not even reach 5 million.
The highly contagious virus will be at various stages of spread and infection in different countries by next summer, making it hard to pull off a large-scale international event.
Questions about the timing of the 2020 Summer Olympics have come back to the forefront as the Covid-19 outbreak worsens in Japan and elsewhere.
Japan's Deputy PM Taro Aso slams WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for his 'inadequate evaluation to address the coronavirus outbreak'.
Shigeru Ishiba says whether he runs for leader of ruling Liberal Democratic Party next year depends on virus and whether the Olympics can be held.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach had earlier this month agreed to delay the 2020 Olympics amid the coronavirus pandemic.
There’s a reason it takes many years and billions of dollars to host the games: the two-week event is built on a Jenga-tower of thousands of independent economic interests.
A recently published estimate shows 422 billion yen in extra costs for a one-year postponement of the games, with another 218 billion-yen hit to Japan's economy on top of that.
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The postponement will be first since modern games began in 19th century and make Tokyo 2020 Olympics the biggest sporting event called off due to COVID-19.