While American athletes are wrapping up competition in the Olympic Trials, Olympic officials in Japan are assessing what it will take to hold the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in July.
One day after announcing people in Japan would be allowed to attend the Tokyo Olympics, the President of the Organizing Committee says those plans could change.
Seiko Hashimoto tells NBC News, spectators could be turned away from the Games if COVID-19 infections surge.
Hashimoto said they may have to limit the number of spectators even further, or allow no fans inside venues at all, after previously announcing a cap of ten-thousand spectators per event.
Because of the “unprecedented” challenges surrounding this years’ Olympics, Hashimoto added the Games could be canceled after they begin if athletes test positive for coronavirus.
The emblems of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are displayed during an unveiling event for the elements that will be used during the victory ceremonies in the games at the Ariake Arena, in Tokyo, Thursday, June 3, 2021. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP) June 22nd 2021