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Tokyo 2020 plotting pared-down Games in 2021

Getty ImagesOrganisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are planning to stage a “streamlined” and “simplified” event next year amid continuing concerns the Covid-19 outbreak could see the Games scrapped altogether. According to Reuters, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has acknowledged that changes to the Games operational plan may be necessary in light of the coronavirus pandemic, which has already forced the postpone of this summer’s event until next year. "Holding the Olympic and Paralympic Games calls for sympathy and understanding of Tokyoites and the Japanese people," Koike told reporters.  "For that, we need to rationalise what needs to be rationalised and simplify what needs to be simplified. ”Koike's comments came amid reports that organisers are considering various revisions to their operational plan, including mandatory coronavirus testing and reducing the number of spectators at venues. According to Kyodo News, organisers are also exploring whether to scale back the opening and closing ceremonies, while athletes could be limited in the number of times they can leave the Olympic Village during the Games.

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