As Covid Cases Linked To The Event Rise To 71 And More Sponsors Pull Out Of Opening Ceremony Due To Local Anger
By CHRIS PLEASANCE and NICK FAGGE and SHEKHAR BHATIA IN TOKYO
FOR MAILONLINE and REUTERS
Organisers of the Tokyo Olympics have refused to rule out cancelling the event just three days before it is due to start amid concern over rising Covid cases.
Toshiro Muto, head of the organising committee, was asked directly 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.
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