Japan is ‘cornered’ to host Olympics, senior Games committee member says

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Japan is being ‘cornered’ to host the Olympics, a senior member of their Games committee says… as she calls on athletes to confront the IOC and speak out with the Japanese public for fear of disaster for public health

Japan has been “cornered” to host the Tokyo Games and athletes should rise up against them, according to one of the country’s most prominent Olympic figures.

Kaori Yamaguchi, a leading Japanese Olympic Committee member and former Olympic medalist, has launched an unprecedented attack on organizers for going ahead with the Games despite widespread public opposition during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In an op-ed for Japan’s Kyodo news agency, she wrote: “The Games have already lost meaning and are held just for them.

One of Japan's Most Prominent Olympic Figures Says Athletes Should Revolt Against Tokyo Games

One of Japan’s Most Prominent Olympic Figures Says Athletes Should Revolt Against Tokyo Games

Kaori Yamaguchi claims the country is cornered to host the Games this summer zomer

Kaori Yamaguchi claims the country is cornered to host the Games this summer zomer

“I think we’ve already missed the opportunity to cancel. It would take too much energy to make and implement such a decision.

“We’ve been cornered in a situation where we can’t even stop now. We are damned if we do and damned if we don’t.

“The Japanese government, the Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee appear to be avoiding dialogue, despite the concerns many Japanese citizens have about organizing the sporting event,

“The IOC seems to think that public opinion in Japan is not important. What are these Olympics for and for whom?

Ten areas in Japan are under state of emergency and polls call for cancellation

Ten areas in Japan are under state of emergency and polls call for cancellation

‘The power of sport offers little comfort to people who are concerned about the medical situation and their future lives.

“This presents a good opportunity for athletes to face the Olympics. I hope athletes will use this experience to grow into people who can speak and debate.

“I also hope that they are determined to change the sports world into a world where people can support them wholeheartedly again.”

Japanese citizens have even taken to the streets to show their disapproval and anger at plans

Japanese citizens have even taken to the streets to show their disapproval and anger at plans

Meanwhile, two of Britain’s most successful Olympians are racing this weekend to make it to Tokyo.

Four-time gold medalist Sir Mo Farah, 38, will run the 10,000m at the University of Birmingham on Saturday and qualify for the Games if he finishes in the top two in 27 minutes 28 seconds.

Alistair Brownlee, 33, will race tomorrow (Sun) in the World Triathlon Series event in Leeds and will need a strong performance to prove he should be selected to go for a third gold medal over his higher-ranked teammate, 23-year-old old Alex Yee.

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