A new survey polling Japanese residents has found that 77 per cent of those questioned believe that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics "cannot be held" next year.
The poll, conducted by the Japan News Network, suggested that only 17 per cent believe that the postponed Games can take place in 2021.
Originally scheduled to take place this year, Tokyo 2020 was delayed by a year by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and organisers in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
No reasoning was suggested by the survey as to why so many believe the Games cannot go ahead.
The IOC and Tokyo 2020 have pledged that next year's Games will be simplified due to the ongoing financial issues caused by the pandemic.
Re-arranging the Olympics and Paralympics is a huge logistical challenge and there are fears that the global health crisis will not have subsided to a suitable level by 2021.