An internet request calling for its Tokyo Olympics to be canceled has gained nearly 200,000 signatures from the last couple of days, as people worries mount over holding the Games at a pandemic.
With over three weeks to go before the onset of the summer Olympics, already postponed for a year on account of this coronavirus, questions still remain over how Tokyo can hold the worldwide event and keep athletes, volunteers, officials and the Japanese people protected from COVID-19.
In 2 weeks since its launch, an internet campaign called”Stop Tokyo Olympics” has accumulated over 187,000 signatures, nearing its 200,000 target and underscoring public worries over holding the enormous sporting event in Japan’s funding.
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Battling a fourth wave of the pandemic and fighting with a slow vaccination effort, the Japanese government is trying to extend states of emergency in Tokyo and three other regions until the end of May, the economy ministry said Friday.
Opinion surveys in Japan have discovered that a vast majority of the general public is compared to the Games, that are due to open on July 23.
“We firmly involve preventing spread of coronavirus and security of livelihood and lives using available resources to prevent the Olympics,” Kenji Utsunomiya, the internet petition organizer, according to his site. Utsunomiya is a lawyer that has conducted a few times for Tokyo governor.
However, organizers have said the Games will proceed, unveiling detailed Covid-19 protocols for both athletes and athletes.
Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and its own president BioNTech SE said on Thursday they had agreed to contribute their own vaccine to help inoculate those engaging in the Games.