“Stop Tokyo Olympics” marketing campaign organizer Kenji Utsunomiya mentioned the worldwide pageant of sport — already postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic — ought to happen solely when Japan can welcome guests and athletes wholeheartedly.
“We will not be in that scenario and due to this fact the Games must be canceled,” he instructed a information convention. “Precious medical sources would wish to be diverted to the Olympics if it is held.”
The petition was submitted to the Olympic and Paralympic committee chiefs in addition to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike.
It got here as Japan added three extra areas to a state of emergency now protecting Tokyo, Osaka and 4 different prefectures amid surging case numbers, lower than three months out from the scheduled July 23 begin of the Games.
Asked in regards to the anti-Games marketing campaign, Tokyo Governor Koike mentioned she would proceed to work in the direction of a “secure and safe” Olympics.
“Though there’s a international pandemic, it will be significant to maintain (a) secure and safe Tokyo 2020 Games,” she instructed an everyday press convention.
The new areas underneath the state of emergency embody Hokkaido prefecture the place the Olympic marathon will happen, after the prefecture reported a file excessive of 712 new coronavirus circumstances on Thursday.
Opposition to the Games has additionally come from medical doctors, whereas some high-profile Japanese athletes have expressed concern, together with Masters golf champion Hideki Matsuyama and prime girls’s tennis participant Naomi Osaka.
Japanese enterprise chief Masayoshi Son, chief of SoftBank Group Corp, added his voice to the refrain of trepidation on Thursday, saying in unusually blunt remarks that he was “afraid” of what may occur if the Games went forward on schedule.
Dozens of cities that had been due to host visiting athletes at pre-Games occasions have canceled these plans, saying they may not assure medical assist amid strains on the hospital system.
With the most recent emergency measures, 19 out of Japan’s 47 prefectures fall underneath restrictions that embody closures of eateries by 8 p.m. and a ban on alcohol at bars and eating places.
Nationwide, Japan has seen about 656,000 confirmed coronavirus circumstances up to now, with 11,161 deaths.