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Tokyo 2020 could still be cancelled

The head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee won’t rule out cancelling this year’s Olympic Games.

Toshiro Muto says they are keeping an eye on the number of coronavirus infections and is prepared to hold “discussions” if they continue to rise. At this stage 71 people have tested positive ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday.

Speaking at a press conference when he was asked if the Games could still potentially be cancelled even at such a late stage, Toshiro said: "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."

Interestingly his comments came on the same day that International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said that the games being cancelled was "never an option".

Despite the Games officially starting this Friday some sports have already started with the women’s football and softball tournaments both kicking off on Wednesday (21.7.21). It was recently announced that two South African footballers staying in the athletes' village had tested positive for COVID-19 before a Czech beach volleyball player also tested positive for the virus.

This Year’s games are already running a year later because of the pandemic the first time there’s been a delay to proceedings in the 124-year history of the modern Olympic Games.

Japan is currently under a state of emergency which will remain in place until August 22 so some locals are understandably concerned that vast numbers of people from around the world are about to enter the country, potentially impacting on infection rates. Host city Tokyo is already facing a fresh surge of infections with 1,387 cases recorded on Tuesday

Following Mr Muto’s comments a Tokyo 2020 spokesperson said that organisers are "concentrating 100% on delivering successful Games".

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