The head of the organising committee of the Tokyo Olympics, Toshiro Muto, said he will watch rising Covid infection levels.

The head of the organising committee for Tokyo 2020 has refused to rule out a last-minute cancellation of the games just three days before the opening ceremony.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the games, Toshiro Muto said he would watch infection numbers and was prepared to hold discussions with organisers if necessary.

The number of infections linked to the Games has risen to 71, according to a report from the Associated Press.

"We can't predict what will happen with the number of coronavirus cases. So we will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases." said Muto.

"We have agreed that based on the coronavirus situation, we will convene five-party talks again. At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises."

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