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Tokyo Olympic Games could be cancelled as leading Japanese politician raises fears

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Japan’s Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai has admitted that cancelling the Olympic Games is a possibility as the country struggles to deal with a fourth wave of coronavirus. A surge in the UK variant of COVID-19 is apparently to blame for the recent crisis.

The latest testing data has cast major doubts over whether the event will get underway as scheduled on July 23.

Nikai is second in command of the Liberal Democratic Party, which is the ruling party in the country.

And he is not afraid of pulling the plug on this summer’s Games if coronavirus cases continue to rise.

“If it is impossible, then it should be called off,” the Secretary General said on Thursday.

“What is the point of the Olympics if it is responsible for spreading infections? We will have to make a decision at that point.”

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