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Fourth COVID-19 case in Olympic Village as Toyota guidelines out TV adverts

A banner promoting Coca-Cola drinks, Toyota, Nissay and NTT, Olympic Video games accomplice for Tokyo 2020, in Fukushima prefecture, Japan March 8, 2020. Image taken March 8, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

The Tokyo Olympic Village was hit by a fourth coronavirus case on Monday and main sponsor Toyota mentioned it won’t run any Video games-related TV adverts because the occasion struggles for help simply days earlier than the opening ceremony.

A Czech seaside volleyball participant grew to become the fourth case and the third contaminated athlete within the Village, the place hundreds of rivals live in a biosecure “bubble.”

The delayed 2020 Video games will lastly get underway on Friday, in a near-empty Olympic Stadium with Tokyo below a coronavirus state of emergency after a spike in circumstances.

The most recent Asahi Shimbun newspaper ballot discovered a majority of respondents, 55 %, had been in opposition to holding the Video games this summer season, with 33 % in favor.

It has not been a clean ultimate build-up for the Video games, which had been postponed final 12 months, however officers will hope the tide of public opinion turns when the sports activities program will get underway.

In an indication of the present sentiment Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, mentioned it won’t run Olympics-related TV adverts, and its executives won’t be current on the opening ceremony.

“Toyota officers won’t attend the opening ceremony, and the chief purpose behind it’s there will likely be no spectators,” Toyota spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto informed AFP.

Fewer than 1,000 Olympic officers and VIPs together with sponsors will likely be allowed to observe the opening ceremony on Friday, in accordance with Japanese media.

Toyota’s working officer Jun Nagata earlier informed reporters it was changing into harder for the Olympics to strike a optimistic chord with the general public.

“It’s turning into an Olympics that can’t get understanding (from the general public) in numerous methods,” Nagata informed Japanese media.

‘Secure place to remain’

Flags and banners of Argentina, Germany and Italy are seen on the buildings of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic village in Tokyo on July 18, 2021, forward of the Olympic Video games which start on July 23. (Picture by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

Organizers insisted the Village was secure regardless of the prognosis of Czech seaside volleyball participant Ondrej Perusic, which follows optimistic assessments from two South African footballers and a video analyst.

Twenty-one members of the South African males’s soccer contingent are in isolation after being named as shut contacts, disrupting preparations for his or her opening sport on Thursday in opposition to Japan.

Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya mentioned there have been 61 optimistic circumstances linked with the Video games up to now — a tiny fraction of the hundreds of assessments carried out.

“The IOC and Tokyo 2020 are completely clear that the Olympic Village is a secure place to remain,” Takaya informed reporters.

Brian McCloskey, chairman of the Unbiased Professional Panel advising the Worldwide Olympic Committee, mentioned a system of “filtering” -– beginning with athletes being examined earlier than departure –- was working.

“The numbers we’re seeing are literally extraordinarily low,” he informed reporters. “They’re in all probability decrease than we anticipated, if something.”

Athletes are examined every day on the Olympics, the place they’re additionally informed to look at social distancing and put on masks except they’re competing, consuming or sleeping.

When requested concerning the threat of a cluster within the Village, McCloskey mentioned: “All of the measures that now we have in place… will cut back the danger of spreading it on.”

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