Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said he expects this year’s Tokyo Olympics to go ahead smoothly despite fears being expressed over the fate of the Games amid the novel coronavirus threat. Also Read - World Athletics Suspends Qualification For Tokyo Olympics Until Start of December

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“Virus China mein hai, Tokyo mein Nahi (the virus is in China not Tokyo),” Rijiju said in response to questions about the Games on the sidelines of a workshop to sensitise Indian athletes about Japanese etiquette and culture here. Also Read - Olympics Postponement Blessing in Disguise: India Dragflicker Gurjit Singh

Rijiju said the current situation demands that nations come together to fight the crisis.



“We have to fight every situation together. I expect Tokyo Olympics to start July 24 on time and go ahead smoothly,” he said.

“World is a community, we have to support each other,” he added.

The coronavirus, which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has so far claimed over 2,000 lives.

(PTI)