Tokyo Olympics “unlikely” to happen, reckons London 2012 mastermind Sir Keith Mills

Mills: “For many athletes this might be their last or only chance of competing in an Olympic Games and they may not ever get another chance" (Image: Getty Images)

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Sir Keith Mills, who helped mastermind the London 2012 Olympics, believes the Tokyo Games are “unlikely” to go ahead.

Mills fears the worst for Japan unless a vaccination programme can be rolled out across the world before July.

The chief executive of London 2012 said: “Personally, sitting here looking at the pandemic around the world in South America, North America, in Africa and across Europe, it looks unlikely I have to say.

“If I was sitting in the shoes of the organising committee in Tokyo — and thankfully I’m not — I would be making plans for a cancellation.”

The Tokyo Games were postponed last summer due to the Covid pandemic, adding an extra £1.76 billion to the estimated £9.5 billion cost.

Mills said had London 2012 faced the same scenario it would have been “catastrophic” and freely admits he would not wish to be in Tokyo’s position.

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Mills: “I’m sure they have plans for a cancellation but I think they will leave it to absolutely the last minute in case the situation improves dramatically and in case the vaccines roll out faster”
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“The impact would be massive,” he told BBC Radio Five Live . “For many athletes this might be their last or only chance of competing in an Olympic Games and they may not ever get another chance.

“I’m sure they have plans for a cancellation but I think they will leave it to absolutely the last minute in case the situation improves dramatically and in case the vaccines roll out faster.”