Over 80% of Japanese are against this summer’s Olympics

Less than ten weeks before the event, a new poll still calls into question the organization of the Olympic Games (Olympics) in Tokyo, postponed last year because of the pandemic. More than 80% of Japanese are opposed to their outfit this summer, reveals the survey published this Monday, May 17 by the daily “Asahi”.

This opinion poll was carried out after the decision of the Japanese government on Friday to extend the state of health emergency to nine departments of the country, facing a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections which puts its health system under pressure.

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The poll reveals that 43% of those questioned want the Games to be canceled and 40% a further postponement. Those numbers are up from the 35% who supported the cancellation in a survey by the same newspaper a month ago and the 34% who wanted a further postponement.

Only 14% are in favor of holding the Games as planned this summer, against 28% previously, according to this telephone survey of 1,527 people.

A petition to cancel the Olympics

If the Games are held, 59% of those polled said they did not want an audience, 33% favoring a reduction in the number of spectators and 3% favoring Games with normal capacity in the stadiums.

The organizers of the Olympic games, however, keep repeating that very strict antivirus measures, including regular tests on athletes and the ban on spectators from abroad, will allow the Olympics to be held. ” safely “. But for months, all the polls show that a majority of Japanese oppose the maintenance of the Olympics this summer.

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On Friday May 14, activists opposed to the Olympic Games submitted a petition calling for their cancellation. More than 353,000 people have signed the online petition entitled “Cancel the Tokyo Olympics to protect our lives”, launched in early May by Kenji Utsunomiya, lawyer and former candidate for governor of Tokyo.

Support of great athletes

The same day, the French Julian Alaphilippe, reigning world champion in cycling, announced on social networks that he would not participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. ” It is a personal and well-considered decision. End-of-season objectives have been defined and in this sense choices must be made. I would be very proud to wear the France team jersey for the next world championships ”, writes the runner on Twitter and Instagram.

Several high-ranking Japanese athletes, including golfer Hideki Matsuyama and tennis player Naomi Osaka, have also expressed reservations about the viability of the Olympics in the midst of an epidemic.

Japan has so far experienced a smaller Covid-19 epidemic than that observed in many countries, with some 11,500 officially recorded deaths since early 2020. But the government has come under fire for delays in its program. vaccination.

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