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Tokyo Olympics could still be canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
Published on: 2021-04-16
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Despite the Tokyo Olympics being just three months away, it's still possible that the Games won't happen. One official in Japan's ruling LDP party said on Thursday that the Olympics could be canceled if the country's COVID-19 numbers don't improve, while another said that the Olympics could occur, but without fans at all. As it stands right now, no fans from overseas will be allowed to attend the games.
 

"If it seems impossible to go on with the games, they must be definitely canceled," Liberal Democratic Party secretary general Toshihiro Nikai said. "If there is a surge in infections because of the Olympics, there will be no meaning to having the Olympics."
 

Nikai added that cancellation is still an option because hosting the Olympics has to turn out to be successful -- especially because these games have already been postponed once.
 

Tokyo Olympic organizers, the International Olympic Commission, and International Paralympic Committee are still "are fully focused on hosting the games this summer." Organizers have maintained that they plan to announce a decision regarding the number of fans that can attend the Olympics later this month.
 

There are several people that believe that the rescheduled 2020 Olympics shouldn't take place this July. Earlier this week, a Kyodo News poll showed that 72 percent of Japanese residents asked are in favor of postponing or even canceling the Tokyo Olympics.
 

In recent weeks, COVID-19 cases have been increasing throughout Japan. On Thursday, Osaka, which is Japan's second-larggest city, reported 1,208 new cases of the virus. In addition, it marked the third consecutive day that COVID-19 cases were over 1,000.
 

日本国会议员称,东京奥运会可能被取消

东京奥运会在4月14日迎来了倒计时100天,日本东京奥组委也在当天举办了小型的纪念活动,不过, 4月15日报道,日本自民党干事长二阶俊博(Toshihiro)却在活动上表示,东京奥运会仍然存在被取消的可能。
 

这名国会议员之所以说出这种大煞风景的话,那是因为日本面临严重的第四波新冠疫情,据称,日本第二大都市大阪在4月14日新增感染人数超过1100人,是今年1月以来的最高纪录。而日本全国范围内的新冠疫情病例都在激增。
 

当然了,二阶俊博在告诉记者东京奥运会仍然存在被取消的可能的同时也表示,对日本来说,举办一届成功的奥运会非常重要,他想让奥运会成功举办。就算不取消奥运会,本届奥运会至少会面临根本性的变化。
 

二阶俊博所谓的根本性变化当然是如何在新冠疫情形势下成功举办奥运会。对此,日本负责疫苗推广的政府大臣河野太郎(Taro Kono)说,即使奥运会继续举行,赛场可能也不会有任何类型的观众。

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