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Japan moves forward with Olympics despite COVID crisis and public doubts: ‘It’s a tug of war’

Japan moves forward with Olympics despite COVID crisis and public doubts: ‘It’s a tug of war’

05-Jun-2021 Intellasia |
CBS |
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As Tokyo marked 50 days until the start of the summer Olympics, most of Japan is still under a COVID-19 state of emergency.

Tokyo unveiled this year’s gold, silver and bronze medals and winners podium with pomp even though many Japanese say the games should be called off.

The chief Olympics organiser said the games that were supposed to be held last year cannot be postponed again, CBS News’ Ramy Inocencio reports.

The popular protest has engulfed the Olympic bubble, with Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto forced to address concerns. In an interview with BBC, Hashimoto said all athletes will be in a bubble to defend their health, and if outbreaks should happen, organisers should be prepared to go “without any spectators.”

The games have become a hot topic between health officials, Olympic organisers and the Japanese government. Japan societal expert Seijiro Takeshita says people need to get vaccinated, but it will be “very difficult” for Japan to accelerate enough to make sure everyone’s protected.

“Obviously, it’s a tug of war between Japanese public opinion,” Takeshita told Inocencio.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tokyo-olympics-2021-move-forward-covid/

Category: Japan

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