The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has once again maintained their stance of hosting Tokyo Olympics 2021 in a safe, secure manner.
TOKYO OLYMPICS WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FROM 24 JULY TO 9 AUGUST, 2020
Originally due to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, Tokyo Olympics was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021. This marks the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed rather than cancelled, although recent developments indicate that history could repeat, leading to the cancellation of the games.
According to a survey conducted by Kyodo News, about 80% of the Japanese population did not want Tokyo Olympics to commence at its scheduled opening date. 35.3% of the surveyed people favoured the complete cancellation of the games, while 44.8% opined for another delay. Politicians are diverged on the topic of hosting, while IOC has maintained their stance of not delaying it any further.
Japan is a nation with considerable popular of senior citizens: a quarter of a population is over 60 years old and nearly 12.5% of the population is over 75 years old. The authorities in the nation plan to start mass vaccination of the population, especially the aged, in may.
IOC USED TACTILE WORDS TO NOT MAKE VACCINES OBLIGATORY, BUT SUGGEST ITS ADVANTAGES TO THE ATHLETES
While vaccination will not be necessarily for Olympians, IOC suggests in their statement: “to encourage and assist their athletes, officials and stakeholders to get vaccinated in their home countries…before they go to Japan.”
Denis Masseglia, President of French Olympic Association, has already declared that IOC could not legally make vaccination an obligation for athletes even if they wanted to.
“Vaccines are one of many tools available in the toolbox, to be used at the appropriate time and in the appropriate way,” the IOC statement stated, and named the other countermeasures: “immigration procedures, quarantine measures, testing, personal protective equipment, contact tracing.”
According to experts, such tactile words by IOC will disarray athletes from arriving to Tokyo without having undergone vaccination.
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