TOKYO-The initiators of the online campaign supporting the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics today submitted a petition to the organizers, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other authorities, which contained more than 350,000 signatures.
Although Tokyo and other areas are in a state of emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23, only 10 weeks away. In Japan, less than 2% of the population has received full immunization, and the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths continues to rise.
The petition for this sport is called “Stop the Tokyo Olympics” and was drafted by Kenji Utsunomiya, the former governor candidate of the Japanese capital. Utsunomiya said that he was surprised by the number of signatures, but he also admitted that the signatures were insufficient and it might be too late.
Utsunomiya said at the press conference: “I think media reports have put a lot of pressure on the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Games, the Japanese government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the organizing committee.” “In this sense, I I’m glad I did it, but in terms of quantity, I think it does require tens of millions of signatures.”
The lawyer added that the Olympics will divert medical services needed by the public, which has attracted people’s attention due to increasing pressure on hospitals.
Organizers and the International Olympic Committee affirmed that the Olympics will be held safely because 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be quarantined in a “bubble” and undergo continuous diagnostic tests, as well as thousands of referees, employees, and publicity personnel. According to reports from the media, the media will enter the country where the border has been blocked for up to a year.
Japan has set the death toll from Covid-19 at 11,000, which is not a bad number compared to the world average, but for Asia, it is a bad number. Countries such as Taiwan and South Korea are more successful in Asia.
Despite the opposition from the local medical community, there is no sign that the Olympics will be cancelled, involving billions of dollars. Last month, the British Medical Journal recommended that the “Tokyo Olympics” should be reconsidered.
According to official data, 75% of the IOC’s budget comes from broadcasting rights, and 18% comes from promoters and Japan. It has spent 15.4 billion US dollars on organizing the Tokyo Olympics. Government audits indicate that the actual number may double.
Seiko Hashimoto, the chairman of the Tokyo Organizing Committee, declined to specifically respond to the number of medical staff required at the weekly press conference.
Organizers have stated many times that they will need approximately 10,000 volunteers to participate in the nursing and sports medicine fields of the Tokyo Games.
This kind of crisis arises when the authorities in at least two prefectures near Tokyo (Ibaraki and Chiba) warn that they will not be able to provide services to Olympic participants who have contracted the virus. Another prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, made a similar proposal.
Also on Friday, the Japanese government announced that it would issue a state of emergency to three other prefectures. The list will include Tokyo, Osaka and several other prefectures in advance.
The three newly established prefectures are Hokkaido, Hiroshima and Okayama. The restrictions are valid until May 31. Bars and most entertainment centers will need to be closed. Business owners who comply with the regulations will be compensated; otherwise, they will face fines.