Japan has been “cornered” into holding the Tokyo Olympic Games amid growing public concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, one of the country’s best-known Olympians and executive member of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) alleged Friday.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) appeared to think it could steamroll over the wishes of the Japanese public, who, surveys show, overwhelmingly want the games cancelled or postponed, the JOC’s Kaori Yamaguchi said in a damning opinion piece carried by the Kyodo news agency, Reuters reports. She wrote:
What will these Olympics be for, and for whom? The games have already lost meaning and are being held just for the sake of them. I believe we have already missed the opportunity to cancel.
We have been cornered into a situation where we cannot even stop now. We are damned if we do, and damned if we do not.
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