Holding Tokyo Olympics in 2021 ‘difficult’, Japan medical association chief warns

Yoshitake Yokokura is the latest expert to cast doubt on plans to hold the Games in Tokyo next year

The head of the Japan Medical Association( JMA) has added his enunciate to speculation that the Tokyo Olympics , now due to be held next summer, could again be delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

” Unless an effective inoculation is developed I think it will be difficult to hold the Olympics next year ,” JMA president Yoshitake Yokokura told reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday.” I’m not saying at this point that they shouldn’t be held. The outbreak is not only confined to Japan … it’s a worldwide controversy .”

The president of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee, Yoshiro Mori, underlined the fact that the Games would have to be ” scrapped” if they are not able be held next year.

Asked in an interview with the Nikkan Sports newspaper if the contest “couldve been” shelved again until 2022, Mori said:” No. In all such cases, the Olympics will be scrapped. In the past, when there were such problems, like battle, they have been canceled. This time, we are fighting an invisible enemy .”

But Mori, a onetime “ministers “, added that he was confident they would go ahead next year.” We have delayed the Olympics until next summertime, after we have won the battle[ against the coronavirus ],” he said.

” This is a gamble for human. If all countries of the world jubilations over the virus and we can hold the Olympics, then our Games will be many times more valuable than any past Olympics .”

” We have to believe this, otherwise our hard work and exertions “isnt gonna be” reinforced .”

Several health professionals have shed doubt on plans to hold the Games next July and August, amid rising infection rates and the suggestion that a vaccine or medicine are still some way off.

Last week, Kentaro Iwata, a specialist in contagious diseases, said he thought it ” unlikely” that the Games would be held only over a year from now.

” To to start being honest with you, I don’t think the Olympics is likely to be held next year ,” Iwata, a professor at Kobe University, said.” Holding the Olympics needs two conditions; one, insuring Covid-1 9 in Japan, and controlling Covid-1 9 everywhere .”

” I is still very bleak about nursing the Olympic Games next time unless you prop the Olympic Games in a totally different structure such as no gathering, or a very limited participation .”

Japan’s organisers and the International Olympic Committee( IOC) was approved in March to postpone the Games by a year as the coronavirus spread across the globe. They had now been said there is no” Plan B ” other than working for the Olympics to open on 23 July, 2021.

IOC member John Coates, who is overseeing preparations of the Tokyo Olympics, said this month it continued to” too early to say” if the eruption could further impact the Games. Coates said the IOC believed it had given itself” just as much age as is practicable ,” but conceded that the situation remained unpredictable.” It may be there is still an issue about the number of people gathering and those things, testing on competitors ,” he said.” It’s too early to say .”

Japan has already been forestalled a fatal coronavirus eruption considered to be in the US and some European countries, with about 13,600 cases and 394 deaths, according to the health ministry. Those amounts do not include infections and deaths linked to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined in Yokohama, near Tokyo, in February.

On Monday, Tokyo attended the number of members of daily showed specimen cease below 100 for two days in a row, with 72 disputes reported on Sunday and 39 on Monday, public broadcaster NHK said. The numbers of cases reported at the weekends and on Mondays tend to be lower because some testing facilities are not open throughout the week. Tokyo has reported almost 4,000 illness, by far the highest number among Japan’s 47 prefectures.

” We has in fact seen a decrease in new cases including here in Tokyo ,” Yokokura said in an online briefing at the Foreign correspondent’ Club of Japan.” I would like to think this is a genuine reduction, but we are still facing a situation in Japan in which the number of tests is insufficient. So I think we need to wait a week or so to see how things develop .”

The prime minister, Shinzo Abe, declared emergency situations in Tokyo and six other areas in early April that has all along expanded to cover the entire country. Local boss can solicit that beings stay home and that nonessential jobs close, but there are no penalizes or other disadvantages for non-compliance.

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