Tokyo Olympics: Tokyo 2020 chief does not rule out canceling games amid Covid scare

Tokyo Olympics: Tokyo 2020 chief does not rule out canceling games amid Covid scare

The Olympics will begin on July 23 and end on August 8.© AFP

Toshiro Muto, head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, has not ruled out canceling the Olympic Games amid fears of COVID-19. “We will continue discussions if there is an increase in cases,” the BBC said in a press conference, adding that the Games could be canceled at this late stage at the press conference. “Right now, coronavirus cases may increase or decrease, so we’ll think about what we should do when the situation arises.” The Olympic Games will begin on July 23 and end on August 8, with the Paralympic Games starting on August 24 and ending on September 5.

Two days after the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, the total number of COVID-19 infections associated with the 67th Games has risen.

According to Kyodo News, eight other people associated with the Tokyo Olympics have also tested positive for the virus. Organizers at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday confirmed that a foreign athlete had tested positive for Covid-19 at Games Village.

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Earlier Monday, two Mexican baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 before heading to Tokyo. On the same day, a female gymnast from the United States tested COVID-19 positive in the Tokyo Olympic training session. The athlete was training in the city of Inzai, Chiba prefecture, before the Tokyo Olympics opened.

Beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic from the Czech Republic has also come out positive and is currently symptomatic and isolated by the rules. The second case of the Czech team was after an officer revealed that he was positive for COVID (through a test) after the contingent arrived at the airport.

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