Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Toshiro Muto has not ruled out the possibility of a last-minute cancellation of the Olympics if the Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
Notably, Tokyo reported 1,387 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the city’s second-highest daily increase of new cases since January 21, according to Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s website.
When Muto was asked if the Olympics might still be called off as the cases are rising, he said that he would keep an eye on infections and liaise with other organisers if necessary.
“We will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases,” replied Muto.
“We have agreed that based on the coronavirus situation, we will convene five-party talks. At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises,” he added.
Japan is currently under a Coronavirus emergency that continues past the Olympic Games, which will open on July 23 and close on August 8.