July 21, 2021
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COVID-19 cases spike at Tokyo Olympics

Organisers of the Tokyo Olympics have refused to cancel the event just three days before it is due to start amid concern over rising COVID-19 cases. 

The sudden rise of COVID-19 pandemic ran to 71 and sponsors began to pull out of the opening ceremony due to local anger.

According to a Dailymail UK report, the head of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee Toshiro Muto was asked at a press conference on Tuesday whether the showpiece event - which has cost Japan some £12billion - could still be called off, and refused to rule it out.

With infections in Athletes' Village, three more sponsors announced they will not be sending representatives to the Opening Ceremony due to anger at the event going ahead. 

Meanwhile, a public petition of 140,00 signatures was handed to the Japanese government today calling for the competition to be called off and for the athletes to be sent home in a bid to stave off the threat of creating a super-spreader event. 

The Tokyo Opening Ceremony is due to take place on Friday after a year of delays caused by the Covid pandemic. 

A spokesman for Tokyo 2020 later said organisers were 'concentrating 100% on delivering successful Games'. 

Japan this month decided that participants would compete in empty venues to minimise the risk of further infections. 

By Romeka Romena  

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