According to the Chairman of the organizing Committee of the summer Olympic games in Tokyo, Yoshiro Mori, it is possible that the Games will not take place in 2021, if the coronavirus pandemic makes it impossible to hold competitions with spectators in the stands. Recall that the Olympics were originally scheduled for the period from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed to the summer of 2021.
“If it happens that only this [holding Games without spectators] is possible, then we will have to think. In this case, there may be a question of cancellation,” NHK quoted Mori as saying.
It is reported that 66% of Japanese residents polled believe that the Olympics should be postponed (35%) or canceled altogether (31%), and only 26% are in favor of holding the Games at the appointed time: from July 23, 2021.
A third of Japanese believe that the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled
Only 23.9 % of Japanese residents are in favor of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo, scheduled for next summer. This is evidenced by the Kyodo News poll. The games were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
36.4 % of respondents believe that the Olympics should be moved again — in their opinion, and in a year the situation with coronavirus will not stabilize enough to hold such a large-scale event.
33.7 % of respondents to the national survey believe that the Games should be canceled altogether. Among the reasons cited are the growth of government spending on the Olympics and the position of citizens to counteract the coronavirus. In their opinion, the government should give priority to the fight against the virus, and not any entertainment events.
In General, more than half of Japanese people are dissatisfied with the government’s actions aimed at fighting COVID-19.
Recall that it was planned that the summer Olympics in Tokyo will be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but according to the decision approved by the International Olympic Committee, it was postponed to the same dates in 2021.