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A woman wearing a face mask uses a smartphone as she takes a photograph in front of the Olympic rings at night on February 26, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Concerns that the Tokyo Olympics may be postponed or cancelled are increasing as Japan confirms 862 cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and as some professional sporting contests are being called off or rescheduled and some major Japanese corporations ask for people to work from home. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)
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Former IOC VP Pound Says Fans Optional For Tokyo Olympics

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TOKYO (AP) — Former IOC vice president Dick Pound says the Tokyo Olympics can go ahead without fans.

Pound says: “The question is — is this a ‘must-have’ or ‘nice-to-have.’ It’s nice to have spectators. But it’s not a must-have.”

In the interview with Japan’s Kyodo news agency Pound also said there’s a ”very, very good chance” the Olympics will open on July 23.

This comes as recent polls in Japan show 80% of the public believe the Olympics should not happen with virus cases surging — or will not happen.

It’s critical for the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee to get the event on television — with or without fans.

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