The head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, Toshiro Muto, has stated that he has not ruled out cancelling the Olympic Games adding that he will be keeping an eye on infection numbers and hold “discussions” if necessary.
More than 70 people who are associated with the Games have tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony.
Muto’s comments came on the same day that the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, said that cancellation was “never an option”.
Earlier this month, Japan announced that the Olympic Games would continue without spectators allowed in the venues – due to growing concerns over the Covid-19 situation.
Mr. Muto was asked at a press conference if the Games might be cancelled even at this late stage and his response was, “We will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases. At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises.”
Tokyo is operating under a state of emergency through 22 August, this is their fourth since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
Sources: Sportsnaut, BBC
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