(EFE) – More than thirty Japanese municipalities have canceled their plans to host athletes from the Tokyo Olympics and ParalympicsIn a preview of the event, which is scheduled to be launched in two and a half months, according to local media.
at least 31 localities have suspended their programs as “host cities” (Host cities) for National Committee teams, an initiative through which they were meant to be a place to stay during the weeks preceding the Games and as spaces for training, adaptation, and participation in cultural programs.
Concerns of the National Committees
the reason is Caution from foreign federations about the epidemic situation in Japan, as well as strict restrictions imposed by regulators Japanese authorities announced the entry of Olympic athletes and recommended shortening their stay in the country to participate in the Games, according to local media.
Governor of the province Sheba (Northeast of Tokyo), Toshihito Kumagai announced yesterday that the United States Athletics Federation He canceled his planned residency in the area due to “concern for the safety of athletes.”.
Chiba was to host around 120 members of the US track and field team Since the beginning of July, three training facilities have been set up in different cities, but these plans have been in the air since last year and it was decided to postpone the Games due to the epidemic.
Other provinces like Fukui y Tochigi (Downtown) too Abandon their plans to host teams of Olympic and Paralympic athletes from the United Kingdom, Russia, East Timor and LesothoAccording to the local Kyodo Agency.
At the beginning of the month the town of IchinomiyaIn this same province and place of the Olympic surfing competition, The Brazilian national team’s request for that sport to provide facilities was rejected And medical staff to meet your needs.
Insufficient medical resources
Ichinomiya salads You don’t have enough resources to take daily COVID-19 tests on athletes Required by Tokyo 2020 organizationWhich frustrated Brazil’s plans to stay there, according to the state-run NHK chain.
The scarcity of health resources amid the fourth wave of infections that the country is going through has led to other cases Two Japanese provinces will be Olympic venues to refuse to reserve places in hospitals For athletes who may need it.
It comes to b Ibaraki (Northern Tokyo) and Kanagawa (South of the capital) which will respectively host some Olympic soccer tournament matches and sailing events.
Ibaraki Governor Kazuhiko Oigawa on Tuesday went even further by saying this Japan should consider postponing the Games again or even canceling them, Because he does not see it possible “to gain the understanding of the Japanese or the international community to hold the Games in the midst of the collapse of the medical system.”
At the end of last April, a total of 528 Japanese municipalities are registered to welcome athletes from a total of 184 Paralympic and Olympic committees Citizens before the Olympics, although the development of the epidemic in Japan and the restrictions mentioned above make it difficult for these plans to move forward.
The International Olympic Committee (Watch) He again supported the celebration of the Games planned in Tokyo on the eve of thatDespite the popular rejection of the majority among Japanese and all the logistical problems caused by the epidemic, including the current declaration of a new health emergency in the capital.
The disagreement between the numerous sports competitions around the world and the satisfactory development of test tests in Japan prove thisTokyo Games “can and will continue”Confirmed last Wednesday, Mark AdamsSpokesperson for the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, at a press conference after a teleconference of the Executive Committee.