A Third Of Japanese People Are In Favor Of Canceling The Tokyo Olympics Due To The Pandemic
At least 33.7% of Japanese residents consider it necessary to cancel the postponed summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year due to the situation with the coronavirus pandemic, according to the data published on Sunday in a sociological survey conducted by the Kyodo Agency.
Another 36.4% of respondents supported a second postponement of the competition. At the same time, 23.9% of the country's residents expressed the opinion that the Games should take place next summer. The survey was conducted from July 17 to 19 on mobile and landline phones using a random sampling method. The number of respondents is not specified.
The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9, 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the competition was postponed for a year and will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. At the same time, the name of the games "Tokyo 2020" will be preserved.
In June, the Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Games officially called for simplifying the format of the competition next year. It is planned that they will be organized based on three basic principles - ensuring a safe environment, minimizing costs necessary for understanding by the residents of Tokyo, as well as simplifying the format of the games to make Them safer.
However, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing Committee, Yoshiro Mori, previously expressed the opinion that if the coronavirus pandemic is not managed by the summer of 2021, the Games will have to be canceled. Yasuhiro Yamashita, the Chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee, noted that no criteria have yet been defined for the Olympics.