Tokyo Olympics: Two weeks before Tokyo Games, Japan citizens move court seeking injunction over virus concern

Tokyo Olympics: Two weeks before Tokyo Games, Japan citizens move court seeking injunction over virus concern: Two weeks ahead of Tokyo Olympics, Japanese citizens are still protesting over the cancellation of the games. A group of citizens have moved a court, seeking an injunction on Tokyo Games over virus scare. The group wants the Olympics and Paralympics suspended. They argue that the games during the COVID-19 pandemic violate their right to live that is guaranteed by the constitution.

The four citizens filed with the Tokyo District Court demanding that games organizers cancel the sporting events, saying the organizers have not provided grounds in which the global sporting events can be held in a “safe and secure” way to protect people.

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Tokyo Olympics: Two weeks before Tokyo Games, Japan citizens move court seeking injunction over virus concern

They also argued that the Tokyo Games cannot be operated without interaction with others, thereby increasing the risk of the virus spreading, according to the written complaint.

The move comes even though the organizers decided Thursday that no spectators will be allowed in almost all venues due to a surge of coronavirus cases.

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Satoshi Horiuchi, who is among the four and belongs to an anti-Olympic civic group in Nagano Prefecture, said at a press conference in Tokyo that people coming into the country for the games, slated to begin July 23, could potentially worsen the spread of infections.

“It is clear that life is more important than a gold medal, so I want to push (the organizers) into cancelling the games,” the 50-year-old said.

Tokyo Olympics: Two weeks before Tokyo Games, Japan citizens move court seeking injunction over virus concern

The Tokyo metropolitan government declined to comment, saying it has not received the citizens’ complaint.

On Friday, the Olympic torch relay started in the Japanese capital with a small-scale ceremony, a day after the government decided to put Tokyo under a fresh state of emergency covering the duration of the games.

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