© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Reinstallation of Olympic rings in waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo
Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday, a senior official of Japan’s ruling party said canceling this year’s Olympic Games is an option if the coronavirus crisis becomes too severe, Kyodo news agency reported. news on Thursday, less than 100 days from the scheduled start of the Olympics.
Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, said in a television interview that an increase in coronavirus infections would mean “we cannot give up”.
Japan is grappling with an increase in coronavirus infection, with numbers trending higher in Tokyo after the government ended the emergency, and Osaka with a record number of cases.
The government is stepping up preparations to incorporate social segregation and audience restrictions for the Olympics, which will begin July 23.
Polls showed little support in Japan for hosting the Olympics during a pandemic. The “Cancel Olympics” is in full swing on Twitter in Japan on Thursday with more than 20,000 tweets from users.
Olympic organizers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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