A Japanese Olympic Committee board member blasted organizers of the Tokyo Games for ignoring public concerns about holding the global sporting showpiece amid a pandemic on Friday. The organisers also said that it was too late to cancel.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) appeared to think it could flatten over the wishes of the Japanese public, who, opinion polls show, overwhelmingly want the games cancelled or postponed which was already postponed from last year because of the pandemic.
The public fears the event could drain medical resources and spread the coronavirus as Japan battles a fourth wave of infections and no foreign spectators were allowed,
A series of comments by IOC officials stated that the Olympics would be held even under a state of emergency such as is currently in place in Tokyo and other regions have sparked outrage in Japan.
The Japanese government also says the Games can go ahead safely. The Japan also face a slow vaccine rollout and rising numbers of severe coronavirus cases in the country. The country has recorded nearly 750,000 cases and more than 13,000 deaths.
Seiko Hashimoto, head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, said on Thursday that it was important in such difficult times to bring a divided world together with the “power of sports.”