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The International Olympic Committee on Saturday said it was aware of skepticism within Japan about staging the Tokyo Olympics during a pandemic but it is hoping success on the field of play for the host nation could change the mood.

The games will be held without spectators and amid draconian COVID-19 safety measures for participants, while the Japanese public remains largely opposed to the event amid a resurgence of infections and concern that an influx of international visitors could turn the Tokyo Olympics into a superspreader event.

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