Japan's PM thanks people for safe Olympics during pandemic

Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga
Posted at 6:03 AM, Aug 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-10 08:03:48-04

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s prime minister thanked people for helping the country safely hold the Olympics despite the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic.

He noted the Games were delayed by a year and held under tight restrictions, but “I believe we were able to fulfill our responsibility as the host nation,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said, thanking the people for their understanding and cooperation.

The 17-day Games were played mostly without spectators. Athletes stayed in an isolation bubble, quickly donned masks off their field of play and had to leave Japan soon after their competitions ended.

But the games were a testament to perseverance and as Suga noted in praising Japanese athletes, "All their performances were moving.”