The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) vice president who is in charge of postponing the Tokyo Olympics made an announcement today. He said the games would open in two months regardless of COVID-19 cases and parts of Japan being in a state of emergency.
The public in Japan has already expressed they are against the Olympics happening. A recent public opinion poll displayed 60-80% of people in Japan do not want the Olympics to run on June 23. John Coates an Australian medical expert suggested public opinion might improve if more people were fully vaccinated. As of right now, only around 2% of the Japanese population is fully vaccinated.
IOC officials claim to expect more than 80% of civilians in the Olympic Village to be vaccinated and to cut off from contact with the public. The village is located on Tokyo Bay and is expecting about 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes to stay.
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