2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Close to Total Cancellation: Report

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, already postponed one year because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, is on the verge of not happening at all. A report from London indicates that Japanese officials are ready to pull the plug on the Summer Games and perhaps aim at winning the bid again for the 2032 Games.

It would be the first cancellation of any Olympics that had nothing to do with a worldwide war.

The Times of London reported Thursday night that Japanese Olympic officials have privately stated they wish to cancel the 2020 Games in 2021, despite the country already investing more than $25 billion into the event.

"No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it's too difficult," a source told the London Times. "Personally, I don't think it's going to happen."

A poll shows 80 percent of the Japanese people oppose the Games to continue in 2021, even though the International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week said it plans to go ahead with the Tokyo Games.

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A man wearing a face mask walks before the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games displayed on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. - The International Olympic Committee came under pressure to speed up its decision about postponing the Tokyo Games on March 24 as athletes criticised the four-week deadline and the United States joined calls to delay the competition. Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images

Now, the country hopes to use its energy to secure the 2032 Games as the next two Summer Olympics have already been awarded. Paris will hold its third Summer Olympics in 2024, and Los Angeles will hold its third in 2028.

A cancellation of the 2020 Tokyo Games isn't a done deal yet, though, as the IOC president Thomas Bach said Thursday he sees no reason the Olympics in japan won't happen.

"We have at this moment, no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on the 23rd of July in the Olympic stadium in Tokyo," Bach said in the New York Times. "This is why there is no plan B and this is why we are fully committed to make these games safe and successful."

The coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China in late 2019 has already infected 97 million people around the globe, and it has resulted in more than 2 million deaths.

A 2021 cancellation would mean the next Olympics on schedule will be the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. Should those WInter games be held, Beijing would be the first city to ever hold both a Summer and Winter Olympics. Beijing held the 2008 Summer Games that has become one of the most-memorable Olympics—from the Opening Ceremony to Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals and Jamaica sprinter Usain Bolt electrifying the world on the track.