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Tokyo Olympics: as Japan struggles to contain coronavirus, pressure builds on athletes to withdraw

Rikako Ikee became a national hero in Japan when she earned a place on the country’s Olympic swimming team two years after being diagnosed with leukaemia but the 20-year-old has come under mounting pressure to quit over coronavirus concerns.The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 23 but the host city’s ongoing struggle to contain the pandemic and the country’s slow vaccine roll-out have ensured the event remains hotly debated.In a Twitter post on the weekend, Ikee addressed calls for…

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