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Opinion polls in Japan have consistently shown that most people want the Games to be canceled or postponed again after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus crisis; Program starting July 23

Last Updated: 03/06/21 7:47 am

Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony to take place at the National Stadium on 23 July

The chairman of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee ruled out canceling or further postponement of the Olympics as doubts arose among city governments and medical professionals as to whether the event could be held safely amid the pandemic.

Opinion polls in Japan have consistently shown that a majority of people want the Games to be canceled or postponed again after a year-long delay because of the coronavirus crisis. Much of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly feels the same way, the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper reported on Thursday.

“We can’t postpone again,” athlete-turned-politician and organizing committee chairman Seiko Hashimoto said in an interview published Thursday by Nikkan Sports newspaper.

The Asahi newspaper reported that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is likely to hold mid-term elections after the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Tokyo 2020 organizing committee chairman Seiko Hashimoto says another postponement is not possible

Tokyo 2020 organizing committee chairman Seiko Hashimoto says another postponement is not possible

Foreign spectators have already been banned from the Games, and officials are not sure whether Japanese fans will be allowed into the venues. Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Thursday that excited fans, shouting and hugging could put the virus at risk.

Towns and cities set to host Olympic training or events have increasingly expressed skepticism, amid concerns that visitors will spread various forms of the virus and drain medical resources.

Media reported that the Ottah City government has been inundated with complaints from residents over its decision to give preferential COVID-19 vaccinations to city and hotel staff for Australian athletes.

The city, located about 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Tokyo, is the site of a training camp for Australia’s softball squad, which this week became the first national team to reach Japan.

The African nation’s Olympic Committee said on Wednesday that the city of Kurumee in the southern province of Fukuoka has withdrawn from hosting Kenya’s pre-Olympic training camp.

The Japan Football Association (JFA) said on Thursday that a player from Ghana’s under-24 team tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving for a friendly match in Japan. And in Taiwan, the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association said it was pulling out of Olympic qualifier games in Mexico amid concerns about infection.

Japan is currently facing the fourth wave of COVID-19

Japan is currently facing the fourth wave of COVID-19

Japan is battling a fourth wave of COVID-19 eight weeks ahead of the Games’ scheduled start, but the country’s vaccine rollout has been slow and 10 regions, including Tokyo, are under a state of emergency until June 20.

While Japan has largely avoided infection in many other countries, the latest outbreak has seen a growing number of serious cases. More than 746,000 cases have been registered and over 13,000 deaths have been reported.

Japan’s top medical adviser Shigeru Omi has become more vocal about the concerns he and other medical experts have about staging the Games.

On Wednesday, Omi told a parliamentary committee that it would be unusual to host the Olympics amid the current state of infection, and it was the responsibility of the organizers to scale down the event if the situation continues.

And on Thursday, Omi told lawmakers that the guidance given to the government by public health officials, including himself, was not reaching the International Olympic Committee in charge of the event.

“We are now considering where we should give our advice,” he said. “If they want to hold (the Games), it’s our job to tell them what the risks are.”

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