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INTERVIEW: Paralympic Boss Confident of This Summer's Games

INTERVIEW: Paralympic Boss Confident of This Summer's Games

   Tokyo, May 15 (Jiji Press)--International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons has stressed his confidence that the Tokyo Paralympic Games will go ahead as scheduled this summer.
   Regarding the possibility of canceling the event or changing the way to hold it, Parsons said, "We are not planning any of that."
   The games will be held even if novel coronavirus infections spread among participants to the Tokyo Olympics, which will precede the Paralympics, Parsons said in an online interview Friday.
   As Sunday marks 100 days until the Aug. 24 start of the Paralympics, postponed for a year along with the Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic, Parsons stressed that plans are in place for preventing infections.
   "We understand the feeling of negativity" in some part of Japanese society, he said of rising calls for canceling both events. "Uncertainty brings fear, and sometimes fear becomes anger."

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