Sports IOC vice closes Olympia cancellation: «Safest Games»
Some medical experts unconvinced about holding Tokyo Games
TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics open in under four months, and the torch relay has begun to crisscross Japan with 10,000 runners. Organizers say they are mitigating the risks, but some medical experts aren't convinced. “It is best to not hold the Olympics given the considerable risks,” Dr. Norio Sugaya, an infectious diseases expert at Keiyu Hospital in Yokohama, told The Associated Press. “The risks are high in Japan. Japan is dangerous, not a safe place at all.” Sugaya believes vaccinating 50-70% of the general public should be “a prerequisite” to safely hold the Olympics, a highly unlikely scenario given the slow vaccine rollout in Japan.
In the midst of new corona worries, Tokyo Olympic Measons started the 100-day countdown to the opening of the summer games. In the drizzle, a small delegation on the Takao mountain revealed the Olympic rings as a symbol of the confidence of the organizers.
«The games become a celebration of resilience, solidarity and our common humanity," said Organizational Chief Seiko Hashimoto. But the again increasing infection numbers in the Greater Tokyo nourish the doubts about the discharge of the games.
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Corona government consultant Shigeru Omi even spoke in parliament from a "fourth wave" in the new infections and memorized reinforced countermeasures. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, however, does not want to recognize "great national wave".
Tokios Governor Yuriko Koike assured on Wednesday again that the hosts in the remaining weeks until the start of the games want to do everything to "conquer the coronavirus. We would like to be able to experience the games with everyone, "Koike said.
Previously, IOC Vice President John Coates had excluded a short-term Olympic cancellation. The summer games «to take place as planned for a year," said the head of the coordination commission of the International Olympic Committee for the major event in Japan. The Australian promised: "The safest games that are possible." The games in Japan's capital had been relocated to this summer in the previous year due to the pandemic and will be opened on 23 July.
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The extensive measures against the coronavirus are according to Coates "ensure that all participants and the Japanese population are safe». The 70-year-old said in a video distributed by the IOC: "The athletes, the Olympic movement, the organizers and the Japanese people will be able to show that it is a victory of humanity about the pandemic."
surveys according to more than 70 percent of Japanese are currently talking about a cancellation or rehearsing of summer games. Because of the fear of propagation of the virus, foreign fans and athlete families as well as guests of sponsors and associations remains denied entry to Japan.
Organizational Chief Hashimoto announced an early decision on whether and how many indigenous viewers are admitted in the arenas at Olympia and Paralympics. "All decisions are made in particular with the aim of guaranteeing a secure environment in which the athletes can give their best," she said.
Tokyo reported on Wednesday an increase in corona new infections on 591. More worrying is the situation in Osaka Prefecture, which included the maximum of 1099 infections. The vaccine pace in Japan is further sluggish. Only 0.4 percent of the Japanese population are fully vaccinated according to the Ministry of Health.
IOC Olympiadirector Christophe Dubi was still confident that in the sports world with the beginning of summer games "the emotions will be even stronger". For the first time, the global athlete community meets again with Olympia, Dubbi said. He expects the Olympics to be "despite circumstances at the level of its performance."
Hayley Wickenheiser resounds Olympic alarm, saying wrong people making decision on Games .
A year ago, Canadian Olympic great Hayley Wickenheiser ignited the debate over holding the Olympics. Now, in the midst of a third wave with aggressive variants ravaging communities globally and many places in Canada locked down, she is once again questioning whether it is safe to stage the Games. "I have to ask the questions. And I think they're fair questions," Wickenheiser told CBC Sports. "Prior to the pandemic I said there's no way the Olympics can go ahead because history told us there was no way they could.