The chairman of the organizing committee of the Tokyo Games does not rule out canceling them at the last minute


BarcelonaWith three days to go before the start of the Olympics, the chairman of the organizing committee, Toshiro Muto, has not ruled out a last-minute cancellation due to the covid-19 cases detected so far. After two cases in members of the Mexican baseball team, the number of positives among athletes already exceeds ten people. “Athletes who test negative for coronavirus six hours before their test will be able to compete,” Muto told a news conference.

Muto’s statements come just twelve hours after International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach admitted that on the way to the Tokyo Games “there were doubts every day” due to the pandemic. But at the opening session of the IOC congress, Bach said that neither they nor the Japanese hosts “ever considered canceling them.” Muto, on the other hand, has admitted that the number of positives, which is too high, means that “no option” should be ruled out.

The day began with the news of the positives in the Olympic baseball team in Mexico. These are pitchers Héctor Velázquez and Sammy Solís, who are isolated from the rest of the team members. Chilean taekwondist Fernanda Aguirre has also tested positive for covid-19 when she arrived in Japan and will not be able to compete in the Games. Three days after the inauguration, 71 participants tested positive to all the people involved in the Olympic event since July 1 when they arrive in Japan. The number of athletes is about 10, including footballers from the South African national team, which this Wednesday had to play against Japan the first event of the Games, because some sports will live matches a few days before the ceremony. inaugural. He has also tested positive for a Czech beach volleyball player and a member of the U.S. gymnastics team.

The pressure against the Games in Japan has grown so much that the car company Toyota has announced that it will not issue any Olympic-themed announcements during the meeting in Tokyo, despite being one of the IOC’s main corporate sponsors.

They locate a missing athlete

Games-related issues keep getting bigger as Friday’s appointment approaches. In fact, Muto has apologized for having hired for the performance in this ceremony the musician Keygo Oyamada, who has finally decided to resign because of the pressure received because he had admitted to having done bullying a classmates when I was a student, including some with disabilities.

Also today, Japanese police have announced that they have located the Ugandan athlete who disappeared last Friday after escaping from the accommodation where he was preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, in breach of the isolation regulations imposed by the hosts. This is weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko, who left a message expressing a desire to stay in Japan and work there to leave the difficulties behind in his home country, the Ugandan delegation said.

The 20-year-old athlete was found by police in Mie Prefecture (central Japan), where he is believed to have traveled after traveling by high-speed train from Osaka (west). , the region where the Ugandan team had settled to prepare for the Games. The athlete left the hotel last Friday and left his passport there, and did not show up for the mandatory coronavirus test he had to undergo that day.


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