The International Olympic Committee clarified that the news about the Tokyo Olympics being canceled is untrue, and the games would be held in 2021.
Manabu Sakai, Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, also refuted the cancellation story. He said, "There is absolutely no truth to this report." During a ninth Olympic Summit meeting on December 12, 2020, the Olympic Movement representatives had expressed that all participants' health and safety were their topmost priority. The discussion highlighted that the COVID-19 countermeasures had been developed for every potential situation. The Tokyo games would involve some 11,000 athletes and many coaches, officials, and broadcasters.