IOC says 2020 Olympics will go as planned despite negative polls ‘even though Tokyo remains in a state of emergency’
This summer’s delayed Olympics will go ahead as planned, although host city Tokyo is currently in a state of emergency and significant opposition from the Japanese public, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said.
With Japan reporting a seven-day average of nearly 5,500 Covid-19 cases – a figure well ahead of the figure that led to last summer’s postponement – serious questions have been raised in recent weeks about the effectiveness of holding the event in Japan. capital, which remains one of the country’s nine prefectures to have declared a state of emergency until at least May 31.
Recent polls have indicated that up to 80 percent of the Japanese public are opposed to holding the Olympics on July 23. But the IOC remains firm and says it will not consider a second postponement, or even a cancellation of the Games.
“We have seen five sports successfully hold their test events during the state of emergency”Said IOC Vice-President John Coates.
“All of the plans we have in place to protect the safety and security of the athletes and the Japanese people are based on the worst possible circumstances, so the answer [if the Olympics can proceed in a state of emergency] is absolutely yes.
“The advice we have received from the World Health Organization and all scientific advice is that all the measures we have outlined in the manual, all of these measures are satisfactory to ensure a safe and secure Games in terms of health, and it is whether there is a state of emergency or not.“
Referring to the wave of public opposition to holding the event against the collective will of the Japanese public, Coates said increasing immunizations by July would go a long way to reassure the public.
“There may well be a correlation between some of these percentages and the low percentages so far of people in Japan who have been vaccinated.“, Conjectura Coates.
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“I expect that as the number of vaccinations increases, there will be better polls and public opinion will improve.
“But if not, we just have to make sure that we keep up our work and our job is to make sure that these Games are safe for all the participants and all the Japanese people.. “
Japan has reportedly orchestrated a campaign to ensure that the elderly have access to various Covid-19 vaccines first, but current estimates suggest that only 5% of the country’s more than 35 million elderly received a first dose in this day. – leave very little time for the vaccination campaign to be brought back to an acceptable level before 23 July.
Judging by the IOC’s latest comments, canceling a further postponement of the Olympics would be a decision taken out of their hands – perhaps instituted as a security measure on behalf of the Japanese government.
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