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Dozens of COVID cases linked to Olympic Games in Tokyo

Tokyo — There are extra issues for the troubled Tokyo Olympics. The director of the opening ceremonies was fired simply hours earlier than the spectacle is scheduled to kick off. And regardless of reviews that the Games might be canceled, officers mentioned they’re “currently proceeding as planned.”

Team USA’s Simone Biles skilled with none of the standard spectators in place on Thursday as a result of of COVID restrictions. While she principally managed to stick her landings, Biles has mentioned she’s not sure of how she’ll do in precise competitors with out the power of a stay crowd.

There are greater than 90 cases of COVID in folks linked to the Games. USA volleyball participant Taylor Crabb and 4 different American athletes have been sidelined by constructive COVID exams.

“After taking every precaution, getting vaccinated and following protocols, I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Crabb introduced Thursday on Instagram. “I’m symptom-free, thankfully, but deeply disappointed to not be able to join Jake on the sand and compete as a member of Team USA. I’ve faced adversity before, and I will face it again, but it doesn’t take the sting out of the situation.”

Meanwhile, first girl Jill Biden arrived in Tokyo forward of Friday’s opening ceremony, as town logged one other spherical of practically 2,000 new day by day cases alone — a six-month excessive.

A technician pauses close to Olympic Rings as he works at Ariake Urban Sports Park on July 22, 2021, in Tokyo. 

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But the circulating virus is not the one problem at these Games. As preparations for the opening extravaganza continued, the occasion’s inventive director was instantly fired after a video of a 1998 comedy skit surfaced in which he poked enjoyable on the Holocaust. Two different high Japanese Olympic officers had already been pressured out in separate controversies.

The Olympic Organizing Committee president Seiko Hashimoto on Thursday expressed his “deepest apologies for the inconvenience and concern this situation has caused to the many people involved.”

New York Times Tokyo bureau chief Motoko Rich has lined the scandals.

“The country just needs the athletics to start happening,” Rich mentioned. “The organizers are probably hoping, like, ‘yes, yes, win some medals so that we can draw attention away from all these scandals.’”

CBS News has realized that USA Gymnastics has determined to keep in its personal resort quite than transfer to the Olympic Village. A crew spokesman mentioned this had all the time been the plan.