Coronavirus: a japanese expert “pessimistic” about the olympics in Tokyo in 2021

A infectiologist japanese, criticism of the management of the pandemic of sars coronavirus by the local authorities, said Monday, “very pessimistic” about the possibility that the Tokyo olympic Games, already deferred one year, to be held in July 2021.

“Honestly, I don’t think that it is probable that the olympic Games take place in the next year,” said Kentaro Iwata, a professor in the department of infectious diseases, Kobe university (west) during a press conference in line.

Last month, the international olympic Committee (IOC) made the historic decision of the postponement of the Games, which were originally scheduled to open on July 24, 2020, as a result of concerns and growing pressure on the part of athletes and sports federations in the face of the global health crisis.

The Tokyo olympic Games must now be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 and the paralympic Games from 24 August to 5 September 2021.

In recent days, ahead of the global increase of the disease, doubts about the possibility of organising the biggest sporting event in the world even a year later.

“The olympic Games require two conditions: control the Covid-19 in Japan and to control it elsewhere, because it is necessary to invite athletes and spectators from around the world,” said Mr. Iwata.

“Japan may be able to control the disease by next summer, and, I hope, but I don’t think it could be done anywhere on the planet and I am therefore very pessimistic about the organization of the olympic Games during the summer of 2021,” he added.

The only possibility would be according to him an organisation of the Games has been revised downward, for example, “without spectators or with a very limited involvement”.

Despite the lingering uncertainties, the olympic organizers say will be launched in this gigantic enterprise with the objective of complying with the new dates.

There was “no plan B”, had said last week to the press the spokesman of the organising committee of the olympic games of Tokyo, Masa Takaya.

Kentaro Iwata had already caused a stir in February by calling it “totally chaotic” management by the japanese government for the affair of the Diamond Princess, cruise ship with 3 700 persons on board that had been placed in quarantine, in front of the port of Yokohama (southwest of Tokyo).

More than 700 persons had been infected on board, and 13 were dead.

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