The Tokyo Olympics – due to begin on Friday – could be cancelled at the last minute because of rising coronavirus cases, the Games’ chief has admitted, reports Skysports.
With cases rising in the Japanese capital and a state of emergency declared, it has already been decided to hold the various competitions in empty venues in and around the city.
There have been 67 cases among those accredited to the Games since the start of the month, Reuters reported.
“We can’t predict what will happen with the number of coronavirus cases,” Mr Muto, who heads the organising committee, said during a news conference.
“So we will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases.
“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.”
Major sponsors will not be present at the opening ceremony, it has been decided. The Japanese public has been concerned about a spike in cases being triggered by athletes and other attendees arriving from abroad.
Organising committee president, Seiko Hashimoto, said she wanted to “apologise from my heart for the accumulation of frustrations and concerns that the public has been feeling towards the Olympics”.
Ronaldo finally reacts to Man United’s embarrassing defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford
Cristiano Ronaldo alongside his Manchester United teammates were at the receiving end of a humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool and Old Trafford.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner played all 90 minutes as the plaudits went to Mohamed Salah who scored a hat-trick .
The 36-year-old scored a brilliant individual effort in the second half but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled it for an offside.
It was a bad day at the office for United as Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated most part of the game to remain unbeaten in seven meetings against the Red Devils since he became Liverpool manager.
On the other hand, Ronaldo made a motivational post on his Instagram handle apologizing to fans and urged his teammates to move on from the embarrassing defeat.
Real Madrid triumph in first Clasico of the season
Real Madrid beat Barcelona in a new-look El Clasico to go top of La Liga and leave Ronald Koeman’s side down in eighth in the table.
It was the first Clasico without Barca icon Lionel Messi or Real legend Sergio Ramos – who both joined Paris St-Germain in the summer – since 2004.
David Alaba started and finished a counter for Real’s first and Lucas Vazquez scored a second in injury time.
Sergio Aguero scored his first Barca goal but it was almost the last kick.
Alaba’s goal was the best of the game. The former Bayern Munich defender won the ball from Barca striker Memphis Depay on the edge of his box before starting a counter-attack.
He finished it off by running onto Rodrygo’s pass before slamming a shot across home keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen into the far corner.
It was his first goal for Real Madrid, who he joined in the summer, on his El Clasico debut.
The final two goals came in injury time with Vazquez tapping in after Marco Asensio’s shot was saved by Ter Stegen.
Substitute Aguero buried Sergino Dest’s cross, in what was only Barcelona’s second shot on target, but the final whistle went seconds later.
Every Premier League player expected to be at AFCON and games they will miss
The Africa Cup of Nations is set to hamper Premier League clubs up and down the country in and around the New Year.
The continental tournament is always held midway through the season and sees established stars head away for a number of weeks.
Around 40 players will depart after the games on Boxing Day with some not returning until the second week of February.
Premier League clubs have contested the laws around players jetting off to represent their nations during the pandemic, but any hopes of keeping their players for the entirety of the Festive period looks slim.
FIFA rules state “players must be released and start travel to their representative team no later than Monday morning the week preceding the week when the relevant final competition starts.”
The African Cup of Nations officially begins on January 9 and concludes on February 6.
Cameroon kick off the tournament against Burkina Faso which means December 27 – 13 days previous – is the date players will be leaving their clubs.
A heavily stocked schedule means team’s with players whose countries go deep into the tournament may miss up to eight games across the Premier League and FA Cup.
There is an apparent grey area, based on certain nations beginning their tournament after the official January 9 start dates.
In those circumstances there is hope that agreements can be met which could see players stay for an extra day or two, which in some cases may be crucial.
Jurgen Klopp will be without the duo for festive games at Leicester and Chelsea – played across the space of five days.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester will also lose key players for the duration of the tournament.
The Blues will see Edouard Mendy leave in what is a major blow whilst the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Thomas Partey, Wilfred Ndidi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will all jet off.
Mikel Arteta will therefore have to endure a game with Manchester City and a north London derby minus some of his leading lights.
The Foxes meanwhile could be without Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho for both their games with Liverpool, such is the proximity of the two fixtures.
Here are Premier league players that will feature in the competition:
Thomas Partey (Ghana)
Mohamed Elneny (Egypt)
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast)
Mahmoud Trezeguet (Egypt)
Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso)
Marvelous Nakamba (Zimbabwe)
Julian Jeanvier (Guinea)
Frank Onyeka (Nigeria)
Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Ghana)
Yves Bissouma (Mali)
Maxwel Cornet (Ivory Coast)
Edouard Mendy (Senegal)
Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)
Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal)
Jeffrey Schlupp (Ghana)
Jordan Ayew (Ghana)
Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)
Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Ivory Coast)
Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)
Daniel Amartey (Ghana)
Nampalys Mendy (Senegal)
Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria)
Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Naby Keita (Guinea)
Sadio Mane (Senegal)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast)
Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast)
Moussa Djenepo (Mali)
Mohammed Salisu (Ghana)
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