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The Tokyo Olympics could still get cancelled, its boss said just 3 days before the opening ceremony

Summary List PlacementThe head of the organizing committee for Tokyo 2020 has refused to rule out a last-minute cancellation of the games just three days before the opening ceremony. Speaking at a press conference ahead of the games, Toshiro Muto said he would watch infection numbers and was prepared to hold discussions with organizers if necessary. The number of infections linked to the Games has risen to 71, according to a report from the Associated Press. "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." said Muto. "We...

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto attends a press conference on July 9, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

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The head of the organizing committee for Tokyo 2020 has refused to rule out a last-minute cancellation of the games just three days before the opening ceremony.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the games, Toshiro Muto said he would watch infection numbers and was prepared to hold discussions with organizers if necessary.

The number of infections linked to the Games has risen to 71, according to a report from the Associated Press.

“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.” said Muto.

“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.”

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