Dozens of Olympic “host towns” have canceled deals to accommodate athletes for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo due to Covid-19 concerns, an official said Thursday.
The host town programs welcome athletes from 184 countries to Japan ahead of the Games for training and cultural programs.
But at least 35 out of 528 host towns have canceled their deals, Yasuhiro Omori, an official with the Olympics and Paralympics Cabinet Office told CNN.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23.
On Wednesday, International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Adams assured reporters Tokyo still plans to host the full Games despite growing public concerns surrounding the event.
Japan is battling another wave of Covid-19 infections, with 653,363 cases reported since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University.