‘Impossible’ to hold Olympics during pandemic: Report

A doctors union has said it is 'impossible' to host Games

Doctors in Japan have warned against holding the Olympics in midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. A union of Japanese hospital doctors have said that holding the Tokyo Olympics safely amidst the raging coronavirus pandemic would be “impossible”.

The doctors union, according to the Tokyo Times, has issued a statement, warning against hosting the Games. “We strongly oppose holding the Tokyo Olympics at a time when people around the world are fighting the new coronavirus,” reads the statement submitted to the Japan government.

“It is impossible to hold a safe and secure Olympics during the pandemic,” it added.

“We can’t deny the danger that many kinds of new virus variants will bring to Tokyo from around the world.”

Japan is battling a fourth wave of virus infections with 6,000 to 7,000 novel coronavirus infection reports every day. Several areas in Japan including the Capital are put under a state of emergency.

The union, representing staff doctors at hospitals, is one of a number covering medical professionals in Japan.

In yet another major concern for the Games, several governors in the past few days have said they will not allocate hospital beds for athletes.

And plans for teams to train in Japan before the Games have in some cases been scrapped.

Meanwhile, the organising committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games have decided to cut short the number of visiting officials by one lakh.

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