Tokyo Olympics would only be cancelled in extreme circumstances: organisers

The Tokyo Olympics chief has said the Games would only be cancelled in extreme circumstances as organisers revealed 10,000 volunteers had quit over the virus fears, a sexism row and scheduling problems.

Exactly 50 days before the opening ceremony, Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto said the show would go on unless the pandemic stops a majority of teams from travelling.

The 2020 Games, due to open a year late on July 23, remain beset by doubts and low public support as Japan battles a fourth virus wave with much of the country, including Tokyo, under a state of emergency.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 3.7 million lives and infected at least 172 million people around the world