Representatives of Japanese medical unions recently joined the voices calling for the cancellation of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. In an open letter sent to Prime Minister Yoshihide Sog, among others, they demanded that officials convince the International Olympic Committee of the inadequacy of holding a sports holiday during the ongoing battle against the next wave of the Coronavirus.
An association of nearly 6,000 doctors confirmed that hospitals were on the verge of overheating in emergencies and that there was no capacity to provide toys. “We consider it right to cancel a measure that could lead to an increase in the number of injuries and deaths,” the letter addressed to Suga, among other things, to Tokyo Governor Guriko Koike and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Sekou Hashimoto, said.
Japan faces the spread of a more contagious form of the Coronavirus around ten weeks before the Olympics start. In addition, vaccination is very slow here. The country declared a state of emergency in three other prefectures that joined Tokyo, Osaka, and four regions where the state of emergency was already in effect until May 31. Despite this, the International Olympic Committee is counting heavily on the Games, which have been postponed from last year to this summer.
According to a survey published by the Kyoto Agency on Sunday, nearly 60 percent of Japanese want the Summer Olympics and Paralympics to be canceled.
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