Jan. 12 (UPI) — The chief of Tokyo’s Olympic organizing committee mentioned Tuesday it might be “completely not possible” to postpone the Summer season Video games once more because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who serves as president on the committee, mentioned pushing aside the Video games once more can be not possible as a result of lots of the organizing officers have been already on mortgage from different organizations within the native authorities.
“We’re decided to proceed with preparation as deliberate for the Olympic and Paralympic Video games this summer season,” Mori mentioned throughout dwell streamed remarks.
His feedback come lower than one week after Japan recorded its highest variety of new circumstances in a day — greater than 7,800 on Friday. For the reason that pandemic started, the nation has recorded almost 300,000 circumstances and almost 4,000 deaths.
The capital metropolis of Tokyo is at the moment underneath a state of emergency by Feb. 8.
Globally, coronavirus circumstances are amongst an all-time excessive, with greater than 609,000 new circumstances reported and almost 10,000 deaths reported Monday. Public well being officers anticipate these numbers to come back down as an increasing number of vaccines are administered, however it’s unclear how a lot that may restrict the unfold of the virus by July.
A Kyodo Information survey launched Sunday confirmed that about 80% of individuals in Japan help suspending or canceling the Summer season Video games, which have been postponed from 2020. The occasions are scheduled to start July 23 and can embody about 15,000 athletes and tens of 1000’s extra coaches, judges and different employees.
Japan hasn’t mentioned whether or not it would permit spectators on the sporting occasions — or if guests from overseas might be allowed to attend.
Mori mentioned the committee will unveil extra plans within the spring, together with a choice on spectators.
“I believe we must make a really tough choice from February to March,” he informed Kyodo Information.