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Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic title.

The American gymnastics superstar withdrew from Thursday’s all-around competition to focus on her mental well-being.

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An Olympic athlete and staff member associated with the upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan, organizers said Thursday.

The two individuals, who were not identified, were among six new cases reported by the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. Altogether, 26 infections of games participants and workers have been reported by organizers since July 1.

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Amid an increase in COVID-19 cases, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo — just two weeks before the Summer Olympics are scheduled to begin in the city.

The state of emergency will begin Monday, July 12, and run through Aug. 22, while the games are scheduled from July 23 to Aug. 8, Suga announced Thursday.

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A health advisor to Japan’s Olympic committee said athletes representing the country at the Tokyo Games in July should have the option of getting COVID-19 vaccines before they compete.

On Tuesday, Nobuhiko Okabe, a member of the government’s coronavirus panel, said that although vaccines should not be required, they should be made available to athletes who want them.

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Japan’s Osaka Prefecture will move its portion of the Olympic Torch Relay off public roads and into a park without any spectators after a rise in COVID-19 cases prompted the government to declare a medical state of emergency.

The relay will instead take place at the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park in Suita on April 13 and 14, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced Wednesday.