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Japanese Doctor’s Association Calls for “No Olympic”

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A Japanese medical organization called to cancel the Tokyo Olympics on the grounds that the Tokyo medical practitioners and facilities are not capable of treating patients due to the rapidly surging number of coronavirus patients in Japan.  About 6,000 medical practitioners are raising their voices to request the cancellation of this coming summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The Medical practitioners of the region where the Tokyo Olympic will be held said in the letter to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s website as an open letter,  “We strongly request that the authorities convince the IOC (International Olympic Committee) that holding the Olympics is difficult and to obtain its decision to cancel the Games” on Monday.

The shortage of medical staff and high demand for hospital beds are the most significant issues in the area of the locations where the summer Olympics will be held. Furthermore, 83% of Japanese citizens disagree with their Government’s decision of hosting the Summer Olympics and are worrying about the possibility of Coronavirus infection increasing due to the low percentage of vaccinations currently completed in Japan. According to Reuters, only 3.5% of the Japanese population is vaccinated.

However, Suga urges Japan can host “a safe and secure Olympics” as long as there are appropriate safety measures taken. The Japanese government is pushing to host the Olympics this summer despite public sentiment and concerns from participant countries fearing the safety of their athletes. While it is true that spectators will not be allowed on the premises, at least 15,000 athletes, thousands of coaches, trainers, and support personnel, as well as those in the media, will likely be involved in just one aspect of the Olympics.

North Korea is the first country that announced it will be skipping this round of the Olympics.

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