TOKYO -- AP -- The spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics says he expects the postponed games to be held in 2021 despite a recent poll in Japan in which 77% of respondents said they did not believe the games could be held next year. Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya says many recent polls have come up with different results.

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A poll published last month by Japanese news agency Kyodo and a Tokyo television outlet found that 51.7% did not think the games should be held next year. About 46% wanted to see the rescheduled Olympics go forward. Takaya says how the polls are constructed "may result in very different messages."