Covid-19: Anti-Olympics group submits petition to Tokyo governor

A petition to cancel the Olympic Games has been submitted to the Tokyo governor

A group opposing the 2020 Olympic Games due to the Covid-19 pandemic has submitted a petition to the Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike.

The petition to cancel the Games, which last year were deferred due to outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, has been submitted to the Tokyo governor today (Friday).

The petition, titled Prioritise Life has garnered more than three lakh fifty thousand signatures.

“We are not in that situation and therefore the Games should be cancelled,” “Stop Tokyo Olympics” campaign organiser Kenji Utsunomiy said at a Press conference.

“Precious medical resources would need to be diverted to the Olympics if it’s held,” he objected and urged Koike to ask the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to cancel the Games.

“The IOC holds the right to make a decision on whether to cancel, but Tokyo, as the host city, should urge the IOC to cancel,” he said.

The petition was also submitted to the Olympic and Paralympic committee chiefs.

Earlier in May, an online petition titled “Cancel the Tokyo Olympics to protect our lives” was launched by Kenji Utsunomiya, a lawyer who had also unsuccessfully contested for the office to the for Tokyo governor.