Toyota Prexy A No-Show At Olympics
Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will not air TV commercials related to the Tokyo Olympics in Japan and its president will not attend the opening ceremony later this week of the global sporting event, according to a Kyodo News report
The decision by Toyota, one of the top sponsors of the Olympics, may reflect the major automaker's attempt to prevent its brand image from being damaged as the games are going ahead despite strong public opposition and fears of a further spread of the coronavirus.
The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Saturday the first positive case of COVID-19 has been detected in the Tokyo athletes' village with less than a week until the opening ceremony.
The organizing committee did not identify the individual but said the infected person is a visitor from abroad involved in organizing the games, and not an athlete.
The person did not share sleeping quarters with anyone, it said.
Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said the individual was isolated after testing positive and transported to a dedicated medical facility outside of the athletes' village. No specifics about the severity of the person's condition have been disclosed.