The coronavirus risk raises questions over Tokyo Olympics Games


Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said this week that the country is committed to holding a “safe and secure” Olympics in 2021.His optimistic vision is based on assumption that the public mood will change when the country begins vaccinations against Covid-19, in February. However, senior International Olympic Committee official Dick Pound told media he could not “be certain” the Games will go ahead, because “the ongoing elephant in the room would be the surges in the virus”. A poll found on Sunday over 80 percent of those asked by Kyodo news agency said the huge global event should be cancelled or postponed again.


Tokyo 2020 organisers have said another delay is out of the question. Tokyo is under a state of emergency over a surge in Covid-19 cases. As a possible variant, Tokyo Olympics Games will have a “limited” audience or even no spectators at all. Reducing the number of staff and delegations from each country is another possibility. Japan had spent years preparing the games. Japan’s borders are currently largely closed to foreign visitors. Before the pandemic, the Games had only ever been cancelled because of war, but never postponed.