Amid all the opposition and growing covid cases, the IOC along with the Japanese authorities are focused on delivering safe and secure games for all. Within all the chaos of cancelation, IOC President Thomas Bach has scheduled a Japan visit for 12th July – 11 days before the games kick-off. The news was made official by vice president John Coates.
Bach was originally scheduled to visit the country in the month of May, but the trip was scrapped due to rising cases of covid amid an emergency. Bach was supposed to attend a torch relay event in Hiroshima Prefecture last Monday followed by a meeting with Japan Prime Minister Suga.
Japan has seen a lot of criticism and opposition for the Olympic Games. In the middle of all this, John Coates said in a letter to Japanese officials that the President will visit Japan on 12th July.
On Wednesday itself, Bach had held a video conference where he reiterated that we should be focused on delivering safe and secure Games. Bach also mentioned that most of the Olympic villages will be vaccinated by the 23rd of July which will make it safe for all.
The public sentiments in Japan are against the Olympics and the majority of people demand an outright cancellation or another postponement. (Latest Poll Says 59% Japanese Want Games to be Cancelled)
People Entering Japan During Olympics to be Halved
Recently, it was reported by the local news house that people entering Japan for the Olympics and Paralympics will be halved. Originally, it was expected that around 2,00,000 people would get entry into the country. But recent reports suggest, around 94,000 people including athletes, coaches, backroom staff and media employees will get entry.