Coronavirus pandemic: Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori attended meeting with official who has tested positive for COVID-19

Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori attended a meeting on 10 March that included the deputy head of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) who tested positive for the new coronavirus this week, officials said.

Reuters March 19, 2020 09:06:35 IST
Coronavirus pandemic: Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori attended meeting with official who has tested positive for COVID-19

Tokyo: Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori attended a meeting on 10 March that included the deputy head of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), who tested positive for the coronavirus this week, officials said.

Coronavirus pandemic Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori attended meeting with official who has tested positive for COVID19

File image of Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori. AP

Mori, 82, has not been tested because he was not subject to testing requirements, an official from Mori’s office said, adding that he had no symptoms of the virus.

Mori and JOC deputy head Kozo Tashima attended a board meeting regarding the Rugby World Cup. Tashima tested positive for the virus on Tuesday.

At the meeting, about 60 people were in a room and Mori was seated about 10 metres away from Tashima on the opposite side of the table, according to Jun Kusumoto, a spokesman for the Rugby World Cup organizing committee.

Doubts are mounting that the Olympics can go proceed as planned given disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic but Tokyo Games and Japanese government officials have said the event will go ahead as scheduled and will not be held behind closed doors.

Hiroshi Iijima, deputy governor of Saitama prefecture, who also attended the meeting decided to self-quarantine and will not return to work until 23 March, Ryoji Hiraiwa, a prefectural official said.

Iijima does not have any coronavirus-related symptoms, the official added.

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