Tokyo Olympics have been postponed and are scheduled to begin on July 23, 2021, and end on August 8, 2021.
Kentaro Iwata, a Japanese professor of infectious at Kobe University, believes that the postponed Tokyo Olympics can only happen in 15 months from now. That date goes beyond the one set for 2021.
Iwata said in a statement that honestly, he doesn’t see how the Olympics is likely to be held next year. He was speaking in English on a teleconference, and he went on to give two main conditions that must be met for the Olympics to happen in 2021. The first condition is that COVID-19 must be controlled in Japan, and the other is that COVID-19 needs to be controlled everywhere.
Iwata’s statement was contradicted by the CEO of the Tokyo organizing committee, Toshiro Muto, who claimed that they are working towards opening the Olympics on July 23, 2021, and there is no plan B for the same.
The Japanese professor says that he is very pessimistic about the holding of the Olympics next summer. If they are held, then the games will be in a totally different structure, such as minimal participation or no audience. He went on to defend this statement by claiming that for the Olympics to happen, many athletes from many places and different countries will have to attend, and most of them won’t have controlled the COVID-19 pandemic by then.
Even if Japan can control this deadly virus by next summer, there is no guarantee that it will also happen the same everywhere on earth.
At the moment, coronavirus pandemic is affecting 210 countries, with over 2.5 million people already affected, and it has taken the lives of over 170,000 people.
So far, Japan has over 11,000 cases and only about 263 deaths, and this a situation that can be controlled if social distancing and quarantine are precisely implemented. But that doesn’t mean that there will be no new cases or deaths as long as there is no cure for this deadly virus.
Iwata believes that the numbers will keep on spiking as Japan is still testing more people. Last month, the most affected country was Italy, and within weeks, the USA has surpassed Italy in high-margins, and it has over 800,000 cases and over 43,000 deaths.
Therefore, the only way Tokyo Olympics will be held by next year is if the world can come up with a vaccine for COVID-19.
Another professor of Global Health at the University of Edinburg, Devi Sridhar, believes that holding the Olympics may hinge on finding a vaccine. She went on to add that some of the scientists believe that by fall, they will be having a vaccine, and will quickly manufacture it to get it out to people. If that happens, then there will be a high chance of going ahead with the Olympics.
As for now, the only thing we should concentrate on is to stay alive by following all the measures set by W.H.O and our government directives.