The Tokyo Olympics are set to commence on July 23. The competition was supposed to take place last year but COVID-19 pandemic struck the world and the games had to be postponed to 2021. But even with less than 48 hours to go, there is an uncertainty over whether the Olympics will be able to go the distance over the next couple of weeks.
The COVID-19 positive among athletes and officials have worried the organisers as well even as now the Tokyo 2020 chief Toshiro Muto didn’t rule out the last-minute cancellation of the games. Things have turned worrisome as the major sponsors have decided not to attend the opening ceremony on Friday.
When asked if the Games could be cancelled, Toshiro didn’t rule out the possibility and also stated that everything depends on the number of infections. “We can’t predict what will happen with the number of coronavirus cases. So we will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases.
“We have agreed that based on the coronavirus situation, we will convene five-party talks again. At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises,” Muto said in a press conference according to Indian Express.
As far as the COVID situation in Japan is concerned, the country has recorded more than 840,000 cases with 15,055 deaths so far. The host city Tokyo is experiencing a fresh surge in cases as 1,387 cases were reported on Tuesday.
“I really want to apologize from my heart for the accumulation of frustrations and concerns that the public has been feeling towards the Olympics,” Seiko Hashimoto, who sits alongside Muto as organizing committee President, said in the same press conference.