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The CEO of the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee doesn’t dismiss the idea that the Games could still be called off if COVID-19 cases continue to rise, sparking a shock across the massive event set to start in A few days. Toshiro Muto says officials will make decisions on the viability of the Games depending on what happens.
Muto said he couldn’t speculate on whether the rate of new coronavirus cases would rise or fall. But in his response to a question of whether the Olympics, already delayed by a year, could still be canceled, he did not rule it out.
“What if the infection spreads further – well, I think when that happens we will need to consult fully,” he said through a translator at a conference Press.
The infection rate will be discussed in the next five-party talks, Muto added, referring to sessions that include Tokyo organizers and local and government officials, as well as representatives from the Olympics and Paralympics.
“The infection can spread or the infection can be better controlled,” Muto said. “When we see a concrete situation evolve, we will look at it. “
The Tokyo leader’s words fell short of the confidence recently expressed by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who said last week that there was a “zero” risk that athletes would pass on to each other. the virus among themselves or to the people of Tokyo.
Nearly 70 people in Tokyo closely associated with the Olympics have now tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Tuesday. This figure includes five athletes and five journalists, as well as 36 contractors and 17 staff.