The White House says Biden met with Suga on the sidelines of the G7 summit and stated his support for the Tokyo Olympics to move forward.
U.S. President Joe Biden reaffirmed his support for the Tokyo Olympics at a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Saturday, stressing the need to impose public health measures to ensure the safety of those involved.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which were postponed last year due to the worldwide spread of coronavirus, are scheduled to begin on July 23, in the face of opposition from the majority of the public, many Japanese companies and medical staff.
In a meeting with Suga on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in the British coastal town of Carbis Bay, Biden also raised a number of other issues, including COVID-19, North Korea, China and climate change. say the White House in a statement.
“President Biden affirmed his support for the Tokyo Olympics to move forward with all the public health measures needed to protect athletes, staff and spectators,” he said.
“President Biden expressed his pride in the American athletes who have trained for the Tokyo Games and will compete in the best traditions of the Olympic spirit,” he said.
The comments echoed a similar statement made in April during Suga’s visit to Washington.
Although Tokyo has battled a fourth wave of infections and is in a state of emergency, the Japanese government and organizers have said they will move forward, except for “Armageddon,” as one member of the International Olympic Committee said. COI).
Tokyo 2020 would be “grateful” if G7 countries could support the Summer Games going ahead as planned, Tokyo 2020 organizing committee chairman Seiko Hashimoto said on Friday.