Tokyo 2020 Chief Execitive Toshiro Muto has said that incase the Covid-19 cases continue to rise, the games may be called off.
Although the olympic games are scheduled to kick off on Friday, 23 July, the sporting action has kicked off with the women’s softball and football competitions starting on Wednesday.
Nearly 70 people in Tokyo closely associated with the Olympics have now tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced on Tuesday. That figure includes five athletes and five journalists, along with 36 contractors and 17 staff members.
Toshiro Muto says officials will make decisions about the viability of the Games based on what happens.
“What would happen if the infection were to spread further — well, I think when that happens we have to fully consult,” he said through a translator at a news conference.
The infection rate will be discussed at upcoming five-party talks, Muto added, referring to sessions that include Tokyo organizers and local and government officials, along with representatives of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“The infection may spread, or the infection may be brought under better control,” Muto said. “When we see a concrete situation going forward, then we will consider the matter.”
Muto said he would keep an eye on infection numbers and hold “discussions” if necessary.
Host city Tokyo is facing a fresh surge of infections, with 1,387 cases recorded on Tuesday.
The Olympics will end on 8 August, with the Paralympic Games due to start on 24 August and to end on 5 September.