Tokyo Olympics: Japan’s top Covid adviser says ‘not normal’ to host Olympics, 10,000 volunteers pull out

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Tokyo Olympics – Troubles increasing for Olympics: Japan’s top Covid-19 adviser has once again warned the parliamentary committee that it is ‘not normal to host Olympics in these circumstances’. Meanwhile just 1 day before the 50 days countdown to the start of the games, Kyodo news has reported that Tokyo Olympics organizing committee has confirmed that more than 10000 volunteers have decided to quit the games due to Coronavirus.

Tokyo Olympics: 10,000 Tokyo Olympic volunteers have now pulled out: organizers
Roughly 10,000 of the 80,000 volunteers originally scheduled to help at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have quit, the Japanese organizing committee said Wednesday in the latest setback for the games to be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“There’s no doubt that one of the reasons is concern over coronavirus infections,” Toshiro Muto, CEO of the organizing committee, told reporters, while saying it will not hinder operations.

The organizers have been struggling to build support and convince the public that the Olympics can be held safely in just over a month. The country has not been able to successfully control infections, driven by highly contagious variants of the virus.

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“Field Cast” volunteers, who were recruited by the organizing committee from some 200,000 applications, were expected to take various roles, such as serving as guides at venues and helping in the operation of competitions.

The organizers had said about 1,000 volunteers quit in the 20 days after Yoshiro Mori, the former president of the organizing committee, sparked a sexist row for saying in February that women tend to talk too much during meetings.

Tokyo Olympics: Japan’s top COVID adviser says “not normal” for Tokyo Olympics to be held
Japan’s top coronavirus adviser said Wednesday it is “not normal” to host this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Shigeru Omi, an infectious disease expert who heads a government subcommittee on the coronavirus, also said the Tokyo Games organizing committee is responsible for drawing up sufficient anti-virus measures to ensure the safety of the participants.

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“It is not normal to (host the games) under the current situation,” Omi told a parliament committee, a day before the 50-day countdown to the opening of the Olympics.

“If they were to be held during a pandemic, it is the organizers’ responsibility to scale them down as much as possible and strengthen the management system,” he said.

The Japanese capital has been under a COVID-19 state of emergency since late April, and opinion polls have repeatedly shown that the Japanese public is largely against going ahead with the games following a one-year postponement.

“Ordinary people will not consider cooperating unless (the organizers) give a clear story on why they should be held and how to minimize risks as one package,” he said.

At a different parliament committee, Omi stressed that it is the duty of medical experts to analyze and express their opinions on possible situations that could lead to an increase in infections.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has insisted the Olympics and Paralympics can be held safely by implementing sufficient countermeasures.

The Olympics and Paralympics are expected to involve about 15,000 athletes from around the world and as many as 78,000 officials and workers from overseas.

 

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