Tokyo Olympics chief attended
meeting with official who now has coronavirus
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[March 19, 2020]
By Ami Miyazaki and Ju-min Park
TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020 Olympics
chief Yoshiro Mori attended a meeting on March 10 that included the
deputy head of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) who tested
positive for the new coronavirus this week, officials said.
Mori, who is 82 and has lung cancer, has not been tested because he
has no symptoms of the virus and does not meet testing requirements,
an official from Mori's office said.
Mori and JOC deputy head Kozo Tashima attended a board meeting
regarding the Rugby World Cup. Tashima tested positive for the virus
At the meeting, about 60 people were in a room and Mori was seated
about 10 meters away from Tashima on the opposite side of the table,
according to Jun Kusumoto, a spokesman for the Rugby World Cup
Local health authorities have contacted those believed to be at risk
of contracting the virus from Tashima but that does not include
Mori, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee told Reuters.
"He goes to hospital three times a week for dialysis, so if he
develops fever or has other symptoms, a doctor will be able to test
for it," the official from Mori's office said.
Doubts are mounting that the Olympics can 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.
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okyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori speaks to the media in Tokyo,
Japan, March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Hiroshi Iijima, deputy governor of Saitama prefecture, who also
attended the meeting decided to self-quarantine and will not return
to work until March 23, Ryoji Hiraiwa, a prefectural official said.
Iijima does not have any coronavirus-related symptoms and tested
negative after taking a test on Wednesday, he added.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe met Mori on March 16, without providing details.
He did not directly address a question about whether Abe will test
for the virus.
"Health centers are taking the necessary measures once people test
positive for the coronavirus, including identifying who has been in
contact with them," Suga said.
(Reporting by Ami Miyazaki and Ju-min Park; Additional reporting by
Sakura Murakami; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
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