Tokyo Olympics might be protected, IOC assures anxious Japan


Tokyo: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reassured anxious Japanese people that the Tokyo Olympics would be safe for athletes as well as the host community, amid mounting opposition to the Games and fears it will fuel a spike in Covid-19 cases. Speaking in Tokyo alongside senior Japanese officials, IOC chief Thomas Bach said he believed more than 80% of residents of the Olympic Village would be vaccinated or booked for vaccination ahead of the Games, scheduled to start on July 23. He rejected growing calls to cancel the global sporting showpiece, already delayed once due to the pandemic, saying that other sporting events had proved the Olympics could go ahead with strong Covid precautions. Bach’s comments came as Japan kept up its battle against a fourth wave of infections. Reuters



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