350,000 Petition against Tokyo Olympics
A petition calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics which garnered 350,000 signatures in nine days was submitted to organisers on Friday, reflecting growing public opposition to the event as a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections sweeps Japan. ‘Stop Tokyo Olympics’ campaign organiser Kenji Utsunomiya said the global festival of sport - already postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic - should take place only when Japan can welcome visitors and athletes wholeheartedly.
“We are not in that situation and therefore the Games should be cancelled,” he told a news conference. “Precious medical resources would need to be diverted to the Olympics if it›s held.” The petition was submitted to the Olympic and Paralympic committee chiefs, as well as Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. It came as Japan added three more areas to a state of emergency now covering Tokyo, Osaka and four other prefectures amid surging case numbers, less than three months out from the scheduled 23 July start of the Games. Asked about the anti-Games campaign, Tokyo Governor Koike said she would continue to work towards a ‘safe and secure’ Olympics. “Though there is a global pandemic, it is important to hold safe and secure Tokyo 2020 Games,” she told a regular press conference. (Reuters)