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Japan withdraws its 2030 Winter Olympics bid

Tokyo, Oct 11 (EFE).- The Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) has withdrawn its bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympic Games amid a lack of public support in the wake of multiple scandals related to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

JOC president Yasuhiro Yamashita told reporters in Tokyo on Wednesday that they dropped the idea of hosting the Games in 2030 in Sapporo and had instead decided to bid for the next meet in 2034 or later.

Yamashita announced the decision after a meeting with Sapporo mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto in Tokyo.

The news followed discontent over successive cases of bribery and corruption that plagued the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, held a year later than scheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yamashita said they failed to gain public support for the Sapporo meet following the mistrust stemming from Tokyo 2020 and thus abandoned the plan.

Sapporo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972, while another Japanese city, Nagano, did it in 1998.

Tokyo Games were held in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic without fans at the gallery amid heavy public criticism.

The criticism grew stronger after a series of cases of bribery and corruption related to sponsorships and the awarding of tenders.

Several have ended up in court and have resulted in sentencing for people involved in the organization of the Games.

At the latest on Tuesday, an executive at Japanese publishing house Kadokawa was found guilty of bribing a former Tokyo Olympics organizing committee member. EFE

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