Tokyo, July 20 (IANS) Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Toshiro Muto on Tuesday did not rule out a last-minute cancellation of the Games if Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
Tokyo reported 1,387 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the city’s second-highest daily rise in new cases since Jan. 21, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s website.
As a result, Muto was asked about their approach if the number continues to rise.
Asked at a news conference if the Olympics could still be canceled as Covid-19 cases rise, Muto said he would keep an eye on the number of infections and, if necessary, collaborate with other organizers.
“We will continue the discussions if there is an increase in cases,” Muto said.
“We agree that, based on the coronavirus situation, we will convene five-party negotiations. At this point, coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will consider what to do when the situation arises. ”
The five parties involved in the organization of the Games are the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Japanese Government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the International Paralympic Committee.
Japan is currently in a Coronavirus emergency, continuing past the Olympic Games, which open on July 23 and close on August 8.
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