77% of Japanese suppose Olympics ‘cannot be held’ subsequent yr: Survey

Tokyo, July 6

A large-ranging survey carried out by the Japan News Network (JNN) discovered that 77 per cent of these questioned stated that the Tokyo Olympics “cannot be held” subsequent yr, it was introduced on Monday.

The Tokyo 2020 Games, initially attributable to begin this month, have already been delayed for a yr due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As organisers plan the rearranged Games, questions stay over whether or not it’s appropriate, or doable, to host the Olympics in Japan subsequent yr.

Organisers have beforehand stated they might look to “simplify” the Games subsequent yr to decrease prices and scale back dangers associated to COVID-19.

However, within the JNN ballot, carried out over the weekend and that largely centred on Japanese politics, 77 per cent of respondents stated they suppose the Olympics “cannot be held” in 2021. They didn’t give a motive.

Just 17 per cent stated they thought it “can be held” subsequent yr.

In March, the Japanese authorities and the International Olympic Committee made the unprecedented resolution to postpone the Tokyo Olympics till 2021.

Since then, organisers have battled in opposition to an array of issues stemming from the postponement, together with rising prices, athlete security and securing the venues. Reuters

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