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Tokyo's turbulent countdown

China Daily | Updated: 2021-04-15 08:55
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A passerby wearing a protective face mask walks past a screen showing a countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games that have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Tokyo, Japan, April 14, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

As the Games pass the 100-days-to-go mark, difficulties and uncertainties abound for host Japan

When Japan won the bid to host the Olympics eight years ago, it billed Tokyo as a reliable and secure location, contrasting it with rivals struggling with finances and political instability.

But 100 days before the start of the Games, organizers face a deluge of challenges and growing uncertainty as the pandemic rages around the world, affecting decisions on everything from athlete safety to spectator numbers to ticket sales.

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