Japan is losing support to host the Olympics from athletes and citizens as COVID-19 ravages the country
COVID-19situation is causing many to push the country to cancel the Tokyo Olympics.
- Athletes, including Naomi Osaka, are not firmly supporting the games if its unsafe.
- IOC President Thomas Bach was forced to cancel his trip to
Japanthis week due to rising cases.
The Tokyo Olympics are in jeopardy, as Japan's surging COVID-19 cases show no signs of slowing down.
The country is currently in a
Naomi Osaka, who is set to represent Japan in women's tennis, told reporters at the Italian Open on Sunday that she is on board with whatever makes the Japanese people most comfortable."Of course, I would say I want the Olympics to happen because I'm an athlete, and that's sort of what I've been waiting for my entire life," Osaka said.
"But I think that there's so much important stuff going on, and especially the past year," she added. "I think a lot of unexpected things have happened, and if it's putting people at risk, and if it's making people very uncomfortable, then it definitely should be a discussion, which I think it is as of right now."Japanese Olympic swimmer Rikako Ikee, who made Japan's national women's swim team two years after being diagnosed with leukemia, shared her fears about the Olympics commencing as her country continues to be ravaged by the
In addition to athletes, other Japanese citizens expected to participate in some capacity have also withdrawn their support.
A woman who was supposed to participate in the torch relay has even backed out. Kane Tanaka, the world's oldest woman according to Guinness World Records at 118 years of age, was going to take part in a wheelchair pushed by relatives in the May 11 leg of the torch relay in Shime, Fukuoka. However, the ongoing pandemic has forced her to back out."It's unfortunate because I wanted people to feel hope in the sight of her cheerfully carrying the torch," Tanaka's great-granddaughter Junko Tanaka said, according to NPR.
The Japanese government, including Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, has consistently expressed commitment and intent to ensuring The Games commence on time over the past several months. But on Monday, Suga may have indicated his priorities have changed due to the recent rampancy of the virus.
"I've never put [the] Olympics first," he said. "My priority has been to protect the lives and health of the Japanese population. We must first prevent the spread of the virus."
- Monero’s ‘Fluffypony’ joins John McAfee, Ross Ulbricht and Arthur Hayes behind bars — but for a non-crypto crime
- Dr Subhash Chandra reveals his plans of venturing into video in digital space
- IOB asks Union Bank to buy its stake in Malaysian bank
- Adani Group firm Adani Wilmar to raise ₹4,500 crore via IPO
- Travel portal Ixigo moves a step closer to IPO