Is Tokyo Olympics 2020 A ‘Suicide Mission’ Amid Covid-19?


Tokyo: With simply 10 weeks remaining for the beginning of the Olympics on 23 July 2021, there was strain mounting on the Olympics committee to postpone or reschedule the sporting occasion as a result of issues surrounding Covid-19. The Tokyo Olympics had been purported to happen within the Japanese summer time of 2020, however they had been canceled as final 12 months noticed a surge within the circumstances of Covid-19.

CEO of the E-Commerce firm, Rakuten Hiroshi Mikitani mentioned that internet hosting Olympics this 12 months is a “suicide mission” and he’s attempting to persuade the federal government towards it. The Olympics group committee is dealing with warmth from frequent Japanese folks and likewise some Japanese celebrities. 

“I have been very straightforward and the fact that we are so late for the vaccination is dangerous to host a big international event,” Mikitani mentioned CNN in an interview. 

“So, the risk is too big and… I’m against having the Tokyo Olympics this year,” he added. When requested whether it is doable to cancel the occasion, Mikitani mentioned ‘Every thing is feasible.”

“I’ve talked privately with folks and lots of will not be in favor of internet hosting Tokyo Olympics this 12 months. To be trustworthy, I name it a suicide mission and we must always cease. We attempt to persuade them (the Japanese authorities) however not profitable to date,” he concluded. 

Naomi Osaka also ‘not sure’ about playing in Olympics

“I’d really feel, in fact, undoubtedly a bit unhappy, however on the finish of the day, it is an honour to play within the Olympics within the first place and if that is what retains folks wholesome, then I am up for [playing behind closed doors],” Osaka mentioned to BBC.

The four-time grand slam winner mentioned, “I am an athlete, and naturally my fast thought is that I need to play within the Olympics,” she mentioned.

“However as a human, I’d say we’re in a pandemic, and if folks aren’t wholesome, and if they don’t seem to be feeling protected, then it is undoubtedly a very huge trigger for concern.”

The Covid-19 circumstances in Japan are on a document excessive and to date, only one% of the full Japanese inhabitants has been vaccinated. So, it’s a threat to carry the Olympics in the midst of a pandemic. 



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