The Tokyo Olympics can be held this summer even if the capital is under a coronavirus state of emergency due to a spike in infections, a top official of the International Olympic Committee said Friday, amid persistent concerns over whether they can proceed safely during a global health crisis.

“The answer is absolutely yes,” John Coates, an IOC vice president, told a virtual news conference when asked whether the Tokyo Games can be delivered under a state of emergency, citing advice on anti-virus measures from the World Health Organization and how Japan “successfully” conducted test events recently.

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