April 12, 2024

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The suspension of the Tokyo Olympics is becoming more variable

The suspension of the Tokyo Olympics is becoming more variable

 

There are only 76 days left before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. However, there are more and more variables in the suspension of the Tokyo Olympics.

 

 

The first is the decision of the Japanese government to extend the implementation time of the “state of emergency”.

Originally, starting from April 25th, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo prefectures implemented a 17-day “state of emergency”. The purpose was to take the Tokyo Metropolitan Area and Kansai Area during the Golden Week in May. Control people’s footsteps to avoid further expansion of the epidemic.

However, on May 7th, which just ended the Golden Week, nearly four months in Japan, the number of people infected across the country once again exceeded the 6,000 mark, reaching 6,057. The death toll also hit the highest single-day record since the outbreak, reaching 148. The number of severely infected people also set a record, reaching 1131.

Why can’t the spread of the epidemic be controlled after the implementation of the “state of emergency”? The biggest problem is the spread of mutated viruses, and the spreading momentum is getting stronger and stronger.

The suspension of the Tokyo Olympics is becoming more variable

 

The latest data released by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government shows that the proportion of people infected with the mutant virus has accounted for 85% of the total number of infected people. The Osaka Prefecture government’s figure is 90%. This means that the British mutant virus, which has a very strong transmission and fatality rate, has occupied the mainstream of the Japanese virus epidemic.


To make matters worse, the Indian mutant virus has also invaded Japan, and Tokyo announced that 5 cases have been confirmed. Once the mutated virus in India spreads, the number of infected people in Japan will increase exponentially.


Therefore, the Japanese government urgently decided to extend the “state of emergency” originally planned to end on May 11 to May 31, and add Aichi Prefecture (where Nagoya City is located) and Fukuoka Prefecture as new “states of emergency”. Place of implementation.

The question is, even by the end of May, can the epidemic be controlled as desired? No one is confident. According to public opinion survey results on the Yahoo website in Japan, 94% of people believe that the effect of implementing a state of emergency is zero. The question is: Are the Tokyo Olympics going to be held in a state of emergency?


Another source of suspicion is that the President of the International Olympic Committee Bach suddenly announced the cancellation of his plan to visit Japan in May.

At a press conference in April, President Bach publicly stated: “Tokyo’s implementation of a state of emergency has nothing to do with the hosting of the Tokyo Olympics”, expressing rare heroic aspirations.

However, Seiko Hashimoto, chairman of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, said in a press conference on May 7 that we very much hope that Chairman Bach can come to Japan to see the current situation of Japan’s preparations for the Olympic Games. However, due to the extension of the emergency implementation period, Visiting Japan will become a huge burden, and I think the plan to visit Japan will be difficult to implement.

 

Chairman Bach’s retreat and the signature movement of Tokyo citizens to suspend the Tokyo Olympics formed a wonderful echo from top to bottom.

The online signature activity called “Request for the suspension of the Tokyo Olympics” initiated by the former famous Japanese lawyer Utsunomiya Kenji, only three days after the start, the number of signatures has exceeded 200,000.

More and more people believe that even if a video Olympics without audience is held, it is not only meaningless to the Japanese, but also a heavy burden. Because Japan needs to mobilize a large number of medical staff to deal with the more than 20,000 athletes and conference staff from all over the world who have poured into Japan.

Originally, Tokyo’s medical resources are already very tight. If the epidemic spreads further, the “Critical Care Unit” (ICU) that solves the death problem will be in a difficult situation. If there is a problem of group infection among athletes in group activities, then how to isolate and treat these foreign infected persons will also become a huge problem. Therefore, Haruo Ozaki, president of the Tokyo Medical Association, directly appealed to the government at the press conference: “In order to prevent the collapse of Tokyo’s medical resources, it is better to decide to suspend the Tokyo Olympics as soon as possible.”

 

In the face of increasingly strong calls for the suspension of the Tokyo Olympics and the variables of the epidemic, what is the attitude of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as the specific host?

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike directly avoided reporters’ questions during the press conference on May 07.

The reporter asked: “In the summer, regardless of the epidemic, is there a determination to hold the Olympic Games?”

Governor Koike replied: “Now, the government and the Olympic Organizing Committee are studying various solutions. We will continue to work hard to host a safe and secure Olympic Games.”
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is the most important decision maker on whether the Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled, was also very ambiguous at the press conference on the 7th.


He said that knowing the concerns of the people, the government will do its best to prevent the further expansion of the epidemic and do a good job of countermeasures against infections of the players and related personnel of the conference. Only in this way can the lives and health of the people be protected. During my visit to the United States, I asked Pfizer to provide free vaccines for athletes from various countries participating in the Tokyo Olympics. As a result of consultations with the International Olympic Committee, this requirement has been fulfilled. In addition, in order to prevent the intersection of players and meeting-related personnel with Japanese nationals, we also wanted to limit the places and means of movement of players and staff. The contestants have to carry out nucleic acid checks every day and strictly control various infection countermeasures. By implementing these measures, the lives and health of the people will be protected, and a safe and secure Olympic Games will be realized. I think if you prepare well, it is possible to host the Olympics.

Yoshihide Suga said such a long paragraph, but the most important thing is only three words-“possible”.


The South Korean media calculated an account for the Japanese government, saying that if the Olympics were to be suspended, the ticket loss alone would amount to 90 billion yen.

In fact, money is already a trivial matter. The most critical issue is that once the athletes from all over the world have worked hard to obtain the right to participate in the Olympics, once they lose their qualifications because of the suspension of the Olympics, it will become an irreparable regret in a lifetime.

 

What should the Tokyo Olympics do?

 

 

(source:internet, reference only)


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