Tokyo’s dream of being trouble-free before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday has been dashed by the statistics of Covid-19 infection, suspected rape, bullying scandal and a missing weightlifter.
Just four days before the start of what the IOC president said “The most complicated” Organizers said that since July 1, 55 people have tested positive for the virus.
After the problem broke out A series of setbacks For the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the pandemic, including corruption and sexism scandals, the cancellation of the original plan of the National Stadium, and concerns about fierce competition Summer heat May endanger the lives of participants.
Those who have tested positive for Covid-19 include athletes and officials, as well as the media and contractors, and these groups will create an expected inflow of more than 56,000 people into Japan before and during the game.
On Sunday, two South African football players tested positive and became the first athletes to be infected with the virus in the Olympic Village. The British Olympic Association also confirmed that six athletes and two staff of its track and field team are in isolation after they had positive cases of the new crown virus on a flight to Japan. American tennis player Coco Goff, Say on twitter After testing positive, she will not participate in the Olympics.
More and more athletes either cancel the competition or are forced to quarantine for a long time when the competition is about to start, which has exacerbated people’s concerns about sports competitions. Will be severely damaged Affected by the epidemic.
Seiko Hashimoto, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, said at a weekend press conference that the organizers will strengthen measures to avoid Covid clusters.
Public opposition The intensive TV coverage of Olympic-related foreign tourists breaking restrictions sparked heated debate over the weekend, with some people drinking outside designated areas.
Last weekend, after an Olympic staff member from Uzbekistan was arrested on suspicion of severely sexually assaulting a Japanese colleague, his resentment against the incident increased.
In addition, four British and American contractors served as electricians for the Olympic Games Arrested Charges for drugs this month.
Japan has introduced increasingly complex safeguards in its efforts to ensure that it has postponed preparations for the Olympics for a year.Almost all activities will Held without an audience And live in Olympic village Will be subject to strict regular testing and isolation system management.
The President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach announced last week that the risk of visiting athletes transmitting the infection to ordinary Japanese people is “zero”-a remark that has been widely criticized as being overconfident in the face of a surge in the epidemic.
The outbreak of trouble before the weekend’s Olympics included a 1994 magazine interview with Koyamada Keigo. The composer was called “Cornelius” and his music was at the core of Friday’s opening ceremony. In the interview, 52-year-old Koyamada boasted that he humiliated and bullied a disabled student at school.
Oyamada apologize In a statement published online, but refused to step down when it was so close to the show event.
In addition, local authorities in central Japan are looking for Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko, who disappeared from his team training camp after leaving a note saying that he wanted to find a job in the country. The 20-year-old athlete failed to qualify for the competition and is expected to fly back to Uganda this week.