Tokyo – A Tokyo Olympics gymnastics qualifier subsequent month, which had hoped to characteristic US celebrity Simone Biles amongst its contributors, was cancelled Wednesday because the coronavirus pandemic continued to forged a shadow over this 12 months’s Video games. The Japan Gymnastics Affiliation introduced the scrapping of the Creative Gymnastics World Cup Tokyo on April 4-5, an Olympic check occasion, just some days after saying it could be held with out spectators. “Due to the impact of the spread of coronavirus infections in Europe and cancellations of World Cups in other countries, many athletes and judges decided not to participate in the event,” the JGA stated in a press release. Main gymnasts together with four-time Olympic gold medallist Biles, who is anticipated to be among the many stars of Tokyo 2020, had been on the unique entry checklist for the occasion. A rhythmic gymnastics Olympic check occasion scheduled for April 6 continues to be going forward, based on the Tokyo 2020 organising committee. “After confirming it is safe to do so, Tokyo 2020 will carry out an operational test within the given dates,” the organisers stated, including they’ll seek the advice of with the Worldwide Olympic Committee and Federation Internationale de Gymnastique. The cancellation comes as doubts develop about whether or not the Video games can open as scheduled on July 24. Organisers and the Worldwide Olympic Committee insist preparations are transferring forward as scheduled regardless of cancellations and alterations to occasions starting from qualifiers to the torch relay. Tokyo 2020 organisers stated Tuesday that they had taken the “heartbreaking” choice to reduce elements of flame’s journey throughout Japan, starting with its arrival within the nation on Friday. A current ballot by Kyodo Information confirmed 70 p.c of respondents in Japan stated they didn’t suppose the Video games might be held as scheduled.