Japan’s top medical adviser tells Olympics heads it’s ‘NOT NORMAL’ for the Games to go ahead – and wants it reduced as much as possible as 90,000 athletes, coaches and media head for ‘state of emergency’ Tokyo
Japan’s top medical adviser has warned against holding the Olympics next month, admitting it’s “not normal” given the current state of coronavirus infections in the country.
Shigeru Omi, the head of the Japanese government’s coronavirus panel, told a parliamentary committee he is concerned the Games could lead to the disease spreading further – and if it continues, it should be scaled back as much as possible.
Although there are now Covid cases in Tokyo, the host city is under a state of emergency until at least June 20 and the majority of the public is against hosting the Games, which could attract up to 90,000 athletes, coaches, media and officials from abroad. .
Japan’s top medical adviser has warned against holding the Tokyo Olympics next month
The IOC, led by President Thomas Bach (pictured), has vowed to hold the Games despite the state of emergency in Tokyo until at least June 20.
In one of the strongest warnings yet about the planned Olympics, Omi said: “It is not normal to hold the event in the current pandemic situation.
‘If you’re going to do it in such a situation, it’s the organizer’s job to minimize the size of the event and strengthen the management system as much as possible.
“If we’re going to hold the Olympics, it makes sense that the organizing committee will go to great lengths to minimize contamination, not just leave it to the national government, local governments and the people.
‘Only when it is clear why people are detained, are citizens motivated to overcome this special situation. It is very important that those involved have a sound vision and motivation.
“When your favorite player wins a gold medal, you get to raise your voice and express your joy, and then everyone can say, ‘Let’s have a drink’.
“It is our expert opinion that it is difficult for the general public to make the effort to maximize the chance of spreading the infection as much as possible.”
The Games can attract up to 90,000 athletes, coaches, media and officials from abroad