Cancellations against Tokyo and the IOC as more questions arise about the risk of taking 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes from more than 200 countries and territories to Japan, a country closed during the pandemic. The pressure is increasing day by day.
The IOC states that more than 80% of athletes and staff staying in the Olympic Village in Tokyo Bay will be vaccinated. They are expected to remain mostly in the bubbles in villages and venues.
In addition to athletes, tens of thousands of judges, officials, VIPs, media and broadcasters also need to enter Japan.
Earlier this week, the New England Journal of Medicine said in a commentary: “We believe that the IOC’s determination to advance the Olympics is not informed by the best scientific evidence.”
It questioned the IOC’s so-called playbook, which details the rules of the game for athletes, staff, the media, and more. The final version will be published next month. Also this week, the Asahi Shimbun (the second largest newspaper in Japan) said the Olympics should be cancelled.
The British Medical Journal in last month’s editorial also called on organizers to “rethink” hosting the Olympics in the midst of a pandemic.
On Thursday, a representative of a small Japanese medical union warned that hosting the Olympics could lead to the spread of coronavirus variants. He mentioned stocks in India, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.
The Tokyo Olympics look more and more like a fanless event | World
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