Roads are being closed around Tokyo Olympic venues, including the $1.4 billion new National Stadium where the opening ceremony is scheduled for July 23.
Tokyo: Roads are being closed on Tuesday around Tokyo Olympic venues, including the $1.4 billion new national stadium where the opening ceremony is to take place on July 23.
“Today we are only 45 days away from the opening ceremony, although the state of emergency is in effect and the situation remains critical,” organizing committee chairman Seiko Hashimoto told an executive board meeting on Tuesday. “The number of new COVID-19 cases in Tokyo is slowly starting to decrease and we sincerely hope that the situation will be under control at the earliest.”
New infections in Tokyo have dropped from 1,000 cases a month ago to nearly 500 a day. Hospitalizations and the number of seriously ill people have also decreased, but levels are still higher than some levels last fall when COVID-19 variants were no longer prevalent in Japan.
Last week experts from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Epidemic Panel said the movement of people in central Tokyo had been increasing for three weeks. He warned that new infections could resurface if people continue to increase their mobility.
The prime minister’s office said 3.66% of Japanese had been fully vaccinated as of Monday. It said 10.7% had had at least one shot in the slow vaccine rollout.
Japan has attributed nearly 13,500 deaths to COVID-19, which is good by some standards but not as low as many countries in Asia.
Oshitani was quoted in the Times of London as saying, “The government and the IOC … keep saying they are holding a safe Olympics. But everyone knows there is a risk. It is 100% impossible to have an Olympics with zero risk. ” “
Pushback against the Olympics remains strong with 50–80%, unlike the Games going forward, depending on how the question is addressed. Saitama Prefecture, just north of Tokyo, on Monday stopped plans for two public viewing areas.
Kaori Yamaguchi, a 1988 Olympic bronze medalist for Japan in judo and Japanese Olympic Committee board member, wrote last week that Tokyo and Japan were “corners” in holding the Olympics.
The IOC continues to rely on broadcast rights for 73 percent of its revenue.
Japan has spent $15.4 billion to officially host the Olympics, and government audits say this is huge. All except $6.7 billion is private money. The total contribution of the IOC is about $1.5 billion.
In the latest figures provided by local organisers, 11,090 Olympians are set to enter Tokyo. In addition another 59,000 people will enter for the Olympics.
They include: Olympic Family (3,000); National Olympic Committees (14,800); international sports federations (4,500); Olympic Broadcasting Service and other broadcasters (16,700); media (5,500); Others (14,500).
So that means 70,090 for the Olympics.
The Paralympics include 4,400 athletes, with 19,000 more in the same categories as the Olympic breakdown.
For the Paralympics it is 23,400, which means 93,490 for both events. Organizers say the number is 50% lower than the original forecast of 180,000 entering the Paralympics and Olympics.
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