Updates: 08.06.2021 14:26
Tokyo – The Japanese public is divided over whether the Tokyo Olympics will take place in less than two months. In the latest survey conducted by the daily Jomijuri Shimbun at the end of last week, half of the respondents thought that the Olympics would be in the summer. On the other hand, forty-eight percent of respondents believe that the Olympics will be definitively canceled.
A question mark hovers over them over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Japan itself is now facing a fourth wave, and a state of emergency is in place in Tokyo and some other areas. In the interest of health protection, the Japanese side has already banned the participation of foreign fans. The presence of the locals directly on the sports grounds should be decided by the end of June. In the latest survey, a quarter of Japanese people predicted that the Olympic competitions would take place without spectators.
The International Olympic Committee, the organizers and Japanese government officials assure that emergency measures with intensive testing and minimizing the contact of athletes and other actors with the Japanese public will ensure the safe conduct of the Games. “Taking infection control measures for athletes and other people around the Olympic Games so that athletes from all over the world can participate safely and protect the health and lives of our citizens is a prerequisite for the Olympics,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told lawmakers. Despite this systematic assurance, most respondents considered the planned measures to be insufficient.
Kaori Yamaguchi, a member of Japan’s Olympic Committee, joined the skeptic side last week. A bronze Olympic medalist in the 1988 Seoul judo said the Japanese had been driven into a corner and were forced to hold the Olympics despite public opposition. “For what and for whom will these Olympic Games be? I think we have already missed the chance to cancel them,” she wrote to the Kyoto Agency.
The postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo are scheduled to begin on July 23.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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