Japan has officially extended the state of emergency in Tokyo and more prefectures, creating doubt on whether games will go on or not.
On Monday, the latest poll indicates that 59% of people in Japan have voted for outright cancellation of the Tokyo Olympic Games. While 39% are still in the favour of games to be held as scheduled.
Out of that 39%, the majority indicated that games should be held without spectators. The official decision on crowd attendance is expected to be announced in June.
The opinion poll was conducted by Yomiuri Shimbun daily between 7th and 9th May 2021.
Another Poll from TBS News shows that 65% of Japanese people are against the Olympics being held as scheduled. Among the opposition, 37% want the games to be cancelled while 28% want another postponement.
Similar polls conducted in April indicated that close to 70% opposed Games starting from 23rd July.
The restrictions have been imposed by the Japanese Prime Minister, but Japan is failing to contain the virus as of today.
What do Top Players & Officials Have To Say?
On Sunday, Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka said that the risks of holding the Tokyo Games should be carefully discussed.
Top Olympic official John Coates had reiterated on Saturday that he sees the Games going ahead as scheduled and nothing can stop Olympics from starting on 23rd July 2021. Moreover, World Athletics chief Coe also believes that the Games can start as scheduled.
Various test events are being conducted in the past few days. The sporting events like Rowing, Track and field, diving and many more have seen hundreds of athletes participating. All the test events have been graded high. These events follow all the Covid protocol and are considered as dress rehearsals before the 11,000 athletes land in Tokyo.
As of today, all the reports and actions by Government and Tokyo Olympic officials indicate that games will open as scheduled. The biggest question is will the virus infection cases come down in the next 20 days? We will have to wait and see.