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Olympics: Tokyo 2020 chief does not rule out cancelling Games

BBC News 21 July, 2021 - 06:00am

Toshiro Muto said he would keep an eye on infection numbers and hold "discussions" if necessary.

More than 70 people associated with the Games have tested positive ahead of Friday's opening ceremony.

His comments came on the same day International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said cancellation was "never an option".

Earlier this month, Japan announced the Games would go ahead in empty venues without spectators - despite growing concern over the Covid situation.

"We will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases," said Mr Muto when asked at a press conference if the Games might be cancelled even at this late stage.

"At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises."

Although the Games don't officially begin until Friday, the sporting action has kicked off with the women's softball and football competitions starting on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, two South African footballers staying in the athletes' village tested positive for coronavirus. A Czech beach volleyball player later tested positive for the virus.

A total of 71 people accredited for the Tokyo Olympics, including those accredited for the Games, have now tested positive for the virus.

The 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It's the first delay in the 124-year modern history of the Games.

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is due to be held on 23 July, though the first event of the Games - a softball game between Japan and Australia - took place on Wednesday.

The Olympics will end on 8 August, with the Paralympic Games due to start on 24 August and to end on 5 September.

But there has been public anger over coronavirus restrictions.

People in Japan are also concerned about the influx of tens of thousands of people associated with the event and the impact they could have on infection rates.

Host city Tokyo is facing a fresh surge of infections, with 1,387 cases recorded on Tuesday.

Japan is currently under a state of emergency which will be in place until 22 August.

Organisers are "concentrating 100% on delivering successful Games", a Tokyo 2020 spokesperson said after Mr Muto's comments on Tuesday.

One social media user said residents were stuck on rooftops because they did not know how to swim.

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Two athletes out of Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19 in Tokyo

USA TODAY 21 July, 2021 - 06:00am

A Chilean taekwondo athlete and a Dutch skateboarder are the first known athletes to be ruled out of the Games after testing positive in Tokyo.

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TOKYO — A Chilean taekwondo athlete and a Dutch skateboarder will miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19, their respective nationalOlympic committees announced Wednesday.

The two athletes – Chile's Fernanda Aguirre and Candy Jacobs of the Netherlands – are the first known athletes to be ruled out of the Games after testing positive upon arrival in Tokyo.

"I am heartbroken," Jacobs said, according to a tweet from the Nethlerlands' Olympic Committee.

Aguirre, 23, won a bronze medal at the 2019 Pan-American Games in taekwondo and had been slated to compete in the 57-kilogram weight class, which starts competition Sunday. The 31-year-old Jacobs was set to compete Monday in the street discipline of skateboarding, which is making its Olympic debut.

The withdrawals come two days before the opening ceremony, amid renewed fears and concerns about COVID-19 at the Games.

Organizers have touted the effectiveness of their protocols, which include daily COVID-19 saliva tests for athletes, and said that the existence of some positive tests is proof that the countermeasures are working.

The International Olympic Committee and the local organizing committee have also said they believe the Olympic Village will be "COVID safe," but not "COVID free."

Aguirre and Jacobs are the first to be ruled out of competing due to COVID-19 after arrival, though at least three others are currently in quarantine, with their playing status in limbo.

Two South African men's soccer players will be unavailable to play in their team's game against Japan on Thursday after testing positive in the Olympic Village, while the Czech Olympic Committee has said it would possibly seeking the postponement of a men's beach volleyball match after one of the two team members tested positive.

Team USA has also lost several athletes to positive COVID-19 tests, including budding tennis star Coco Gauff and 3-on-3 basketball player Katie Lou Samuelson. Both tested positive prior to traveling to Tokyo. Men's basketball player Bradley Beal was also removed from the team after being placed in the team's health and safety protocols last week.

Meanwhile, Kara Eaker, an alternate on the U.S. women's gymnastics team, recorded a positive test Sunday while in Japan for a pre-Olympic training camp.

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