Apparently Tokyo Isn't Ruling Out Canceling The Olympics After All

Despite the fact that opening ceremonies for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics are just days away, Olympic officials aren't ruling out just canceling the entire thing.

Toshiro Muto, head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, told reporters during a press conference Tuesday that they haven't ruled out a late cancellation, "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."

Despite various calls from multiple groups to postpone the Olympic games again this year, officials were determined to move forward.

Back in May, the Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association issued a statement asking for the cancelation of the Tokyo Games, "We strongly request that the authorities convince the IOC (International Olympic Committee) that holding the Olympics is difficult and obtain its decision to cancel the Games," the statement read. They also noted that hospitals "have their hands full and have almost no spare capacity" due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. 

It was announced that fans wouldn't be allowed in the stands at the Olympic games after a state of emergency in Tokyo was declared by the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, but that hasn't stopped the spread of COVID-19. Team USA tennis sensation Coco Gauff withdrew from the games after testing positive for coronavirus along with several other athletes and support staff.

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