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The 2020/2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan have been mired in criticism and controversy for months upon months now, and the schizophrenic decision-making surrounding the international competition continues this week.
The ultra-prestigious sporting event, which was postponed last year on account of the coronavirus pandemic, is now set to take place amid the backdrop of a nation whose COVID-19 numbers are trending hard in the wrong direction.
Athletes from all over the world have already begun to test positive for the virus while staying in the Olympic Village, even without the added crowd of spectators and the media that is still yet to travel to Tokyo.
Now, just as competition begins to get underway, there is still the possibility of a full cancelation.
As Games-linked Covid cases continue to rise in a city rising in indignation at the Olympics taking place, Tokyo 2020 chief Toshiro Muto said he was prepared to discuss a last-minute cancellation.
The first events of the Games were taking place overnight, with Team GB’s women footballers in action against Chile this morning.
But Muto said: “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.”
And, in yet another insult to the way the games are being handled, South Korean Olympic organizers have announced that they will be screening any food items that come from the Fukushima prefecture, where a nuclear disaster in 2011 has yet to be adequately contained.
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