Tokyo Olympics 2021 And The Covid-19 Threat

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Since the Covid-19 pandemic has started, there have been massive delays in big events across the globe. One such event was the Tokyo Olympics Games. In the year 2020, it was supposed to be held on. But was delayed due to the pandemic, and shifted to 2021.

Tokyo Olympics beginning date23 July 2021
Tokyo Olympics end date8 August 2021

Tokyo city has prepared a lot for the upcoming Olympic games as it’s a big deal to prepare for such a mega event in which thousands of athletes, their coaches, sports officials, etc will participate from different countries.

But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, severe restrictions were introduced for Tokyo city during the Event.

Emergency Declared In Tokyo Before The Olympic Games

The government officials in Tokyo and the Japanese Government declared a state of emergency in Tokyo city and framed rules for crowd control during the Olympic games.

This state of emergency will be present from 12 July 2021 to 22 August 2021 as declared by the Japanese Prime minister Yoshihide Suga.

1.The Olympic Games in Tokyo will take place without any spectators in the stadiums during the events.

2.Due to the Covid-19 surge in the Tokyo region, that’s why fans have been barred from attending the games as spectators in stadiums.

But Fans and spectators in Fukushima, Shizuoka, and Miyagi region can attend the games.

3.The Stadiums present in The Fukushima, Shizuoka, and Miyagi region were permitted to hold 50% or 10,000 spectators approximately.

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Tokyo Olympics Athletes Tested Positive For Covid-19 In Tokyo

Three athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics have recently tested positive for the virus, 2 of them were staying at the Olympic village. This was the data from 18 July, Sunday.

But on 19 July, Monday again 3 personnel tested positive for the virus,
This was a serious moment for the organizers, the government, and other country athletes.

As the virus had made its way into the Athletes just a few days before the opening of the games.

Not only athletes, few other personnel and people working for the Organisation of the game have also tested positive for Covid-19 recently.

The total number of game-related cases of Covid-19 in Japan now stands at 58.

Outrage Against The Tokyo Olympics In Japan.

There was a clear signal from the public of Japan that they are not much supporting the Tokyo Olympics.

Since the announcement of the dates of the Event, protests soar across Japan to cancel or postpone the games further until the Covid-19 situation becomes stable and cases drop.

In the month of May, Doctors in Tokyo also called for the cancellation of the Olympic games.

The risk and threat of the pandemic getting much bigger due to the Olympics in Tokyo are highly concerning for the citizens and government officials in Japan.

And Japan had already witnessed deadly waves of the pandemic with more than 8 lakh cases and nearly 15,000 deaths.

Also since the last few days the capital, Tokyo has been recording more than one 1000 cases per day as the Olympic opening day is nearing.

Also in a recent poll in Japan, two-thirds of the people have voted against the Tokyo Olympics.

Mentioning that they don’t trust that there will be safe and secure Olympic games during such a deadly pandemic.

Conclusion

The entire world is still currently under the threat of the deadly covid-19 virus. As many countries are witnessing a rise in cases once again.

When they relaxed their restrictions due to a decline in cases of the previous wave.

Nearly 11,000+ athletes along with their team members will be there on the soil of Japan for the events. Which definitely puts stress on the government and organizers to safely carry out the events.

The restrictions may prove a failure in few places but in most places, it will work for sure to maintain distances.

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Sushree Sangeeta Behera

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