• Chef de mission Mark England says plans are ‘full steam ahead’
  • He says organisers are hopeful spectators will be in stadiums

Team GB’s chef de mission for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics has shot down suggestions the Games could be derailed again by Covid-19 – telling the Guardian that “we are full steam ahead” and predicting they will be staged in front of packed stadiums.

A dramatic rise in coronavirus cases has led Japan to widen its state of emergency to cover more than half the population and reignited speculation about the Olympics, which are due to start in July. However Mark England, who will lead the British team, insisted they would not be postponed again or pared down.

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