About 80 per cent of people in Japan say this year’s Tokyo Olympics should be cancelled; or delayed as worries mount about a record surge in coronavirus cases across the country, a Kyodo News poll showed.
The survey found 35.3pc want the Games to be cancelled and 44.8pc favoured another delay. The world’s biggest multi-sports event; postponed last year due to the pandemic, is scheduled to be held from July 23-August 8 in the Japanese capital.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for the greater Tokyo region on Thursday and could extend the measure to other areas as Japan struggles to contain a surge in infections.
Last year March, The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was postponed to no later than the summer of 2021; because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe; the International Olympic Committee announced today.
The Games were scheduled for July 24-August 9, but after telephone discussions between IOC president Thomas Bach; and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a historic joint decision was taken to delay the Olympics; — the first time that has been done in peacetime.
Abe said Bach was in “100 per cent agreement” when Japan asked the IOC to push back the Games.
In a joint statement, the pair said that based on current World Health Organization information, the Tokyo Games; “must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020; but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes; everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community”.
“The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times; and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel; in which the world finds itself at present.
“Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic; and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020,” the statement concluded.