Head of the World Health Organization, WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has backed the staging of the Tokyo Olympics.
It comes as Chilean taekwondo athlete Fernanda Aguirre became the first Olympian to be ruled out of action.
Dr. Ghebreyesus told International Olympic Committee, IOC, members that the Games should go ahead to show what can be done with the correct Covid safeguards.
Aguirre, 21, was due to make her Olympic taekwondo debut having won 57kg bronze at the 2019 Pan American Games, but she tested positive in Tokyo and the quarantine rules her out of her competition on Sunday.
Shortly afterwards, Dutch officials announced that skateboarder Candy Jacobs had been ruled out of the Games after testing positive for Covid in the athletes’ village.
The 31-year-old was due to compete in the women’s street event on Monday.