Japan’s top medical adviser tells Olympics chiefs it’s ‘NOT NORMAL’ for the Games to continue – and wants it scaled down 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 Tokyo Olympics
- Shigeru Omi is concerned the Games could lead to Covid-19 spreading further
- Although Covid cases are falling in Tokyo, the city is under a state of emergency
- 90,000 athletes, coaches, media and officials from overseas are set to arrive
- Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here.
Japan’s top medical adviser has warned against holding the Olympics next month, admitting it is ‘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 that he is concerned the Games could lead to the disease spreading further – and if it goes ahead it should be scaled down as much as possible.
Although Covid cases are now falling in Tokyo, the host city is under a state of emergency until at least June 20 and the majority of the public are against staging the Games which could attract up to 90,000 athletes, coaches, media and officials from overseas.
Japan’s top medical adviser has warned against holding the Olympics in Tokyo next month
The IOC, led by president Thomas Bach (pictured), have vowed to hold the Games despite Tokyo being in a state of emergency 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 are going to do it in such a situation, it is the duty of the organiser to make the scale of the event as small as possible and strengthen the management system as much as possible.
‘If we are going to hold the Olympics, it is natural that the organising committee will make the utmost efforts to minimise infection, not just leave it to the national government, local governments and the people.
‘It’s only when it’s clear why it’s going to be held that the citizens are motivated to overcome this special situation. It’s extremely important for the people involved to state a solid vision and reason.
‘If your favourite player wins a gold medal, you may raise your voice and express joy, and then everyone may say, ‘Let’s have a drink’.
‘It is our expert opinion that it is difficult for the general public to take the trouble to increase the risk of spreading the infection as much as possible.’
The Games could attract up to 90,000 athletes, coaches, media and officials from overseas
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