No More Delay Of Summer Olympics In Tokyo, But Without Overseas Fans
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The summer Olympics are scheduled to open in Japan on July 23, 2021. But this week, the U.S. State Department issued a “Do Not Travel” advisory to the country. Japan is closed to tourists due to a fourth COVID-19 surge. The medical community there has repeatedly warned that holding the Olympic Games could be catastrophic to Japan’s universal health care system. Lucy Craft reports, in the video published on May 29, 2021, “Tokyo Olympics to be held despite COVID-19 surge fears“, below:
Just only 2% of the Japanese population has been vaccinated so far. About a third of the Japanese population group will be expected to have been vaccinated by July, time of Olympics. Majority of the Japanese do not want this event, given fear of the pandemic.
Japan is facing a serious conundrum. It has sunk so much money into the Olympics (Officially, $15.4 billion US dollars). And if Tokyo cancels the Games, the country stands to lose an estimated $16.5 billion. So organizers are loathe to stop the Games. But citizens see a public health danger if the event moves forward. The majority do not want it to happen – especially because most of the country remains un-vaccinated. Aussie Spirit – the Australian Olympic softball team – is the first international squad to arrive in Japan. And they’re facing unprecedented restrictions – no restaurants, no sightseeing, and certainly no socializing. Most people in Japan don’t want the Olympics Games to happen. They’re questioning the sense of 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes from more than 200 countries traveling to Japan, at a time when serious COVID-19 cases have recently hit new highs. And the nation’s slow vaccination roll out isn’t helping either. Japanese Olympic athletes are now being offered jabs. But only about two and a half percent of Japan’s population has been fully vaccinated so far. Despite all this, the organizers are standing firm. The arrival of Australia’s softball team is a huge show of confidence in the beleaguered event. All team members tested negative after landing, in the video published on June 1, 2021, “Olympic athletes make awkward arrival in Tokyo for beleaguered Games | DW News“, below :
The reality of a 4th Covid-19 wave is raising questions about July’s Tokyo Olympics. The Olympic torch is being relayed across Japan, but there are growing calls for the Games to be cancelled. The Doctors Union says it is dangerous to go ahead, and the Asahi newspaper, one of the Games’ sponsors, says the decision to carry on is beyond reason. Opinion polls say a majority of Japanese don’t want it at this time. But the organizers and government are confident they will be able to pull it off. So, can they succeed in hosting a safe Olympics? In the video published on May 29, 2021, “Should the Tokyo Olympics go ahead? | Inside Story“, below:
With the Tokyo Olympic game set to begin in just a few weeks’ time, all eyes are on the refugee athletes who will be competing at the highest level this year. These Refugee athletes are putting everything they have into reaching the goal, in the video published on June 2, 2021, “Refugees continue to flee from Africa & Middle East to take part in Olympics | Tokyo“, below:
The Olympics and Paralympics thrive on one thing: international sports fans. But after a year of delay, they won’t be in Tokyo when the Games finally begin. Only Japanese fans will be allowed into the stadiums to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from overseas. It’s a blow to the athletes, as well as the businesses and sponsors who’ve spent billions of dollars to be part of the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’. So can the games succeed? In the video published on Mar 21, 2021, “Can the Olympics succeed without overseas fans? | Inside Story“, below:
Since these Olympics events will be covered via internet, oversea fans will still be able to see multiple events during the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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