Japan faces more hurdles ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Head of the Tokyo Medical Association says hosting the games will be “really difficult”.

Olympic Games symbol
Tokyo is facing a rising infection rate of Covid-19 cases, with the Games set to open on July 23. Picture: Pixabay

CAPE TOWN, April 14 (ANA) – While the Olympic flame makes its way around Japan and with 100 days to go before the Games open, officials have warned that hosting the Games will be “really difficult”.

Head of the Tokyo Medical Association Haruo Ozaki expressed his concern on social media on Tuesday, prompting organisers to produce a more detailed plan.

Tokyo is facing a rising infection rate of Covid-19 cases, with the Games set to open on July 23.

Further abroad, a number of athletes coming from countries such as Brazil and India are seeing a resurgence in cases, as well as new variants of the virus.

“I want to see the work at the Olympics… show concrete measures on how they can prevent the spread of infections at home and abroad,” wrote Ozaki.

“But from the position of being a medical worker, I think the opening is a really difficult situation.

“I would love to have this from the organiser’s side, early,” he said.

According to the Straits Times, a Singapore-based publication, the surge of infections in Osaka forced a change in plans for the Olympic torch relay that started last month.

The flame event was moved to take place inside a closed park, away from the public.

Tokyo 2020 President Hashimoto Seiko said in a statement on the Olympics’ official website on Wednesday that the Games would be a celebration of resilience and solidarity.

“Together, the world has faced an unprecedented crisis and Tokyo 2020 is committed to offering a light of hope and solace this summer,” said Hashimoto.

“For the last year, athletes around the world have kept the faith and continued to train despite huge challenges.

“Soon we will all be able to celebrate what they have accomplished,” she said.

– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Yaron Blecher

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