Uncertainty, doubts for Japan’s Olympic fans
07 February 2021 | 12:38 pm
With less than six months to go, Japanese who hope to be involved in the Tokyo Olympics as spectators, torch bearers and volunteers are confronting the prospect of the Games being drastically scaled back or cancelled altogether.
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