A few days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, it was hit by the increasing number of Covid cases and scandals
Tokyo’s dream of being trouble-free before the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday has been shattered by the record of Covid-19 infection, suspected rape, bullying scandal and a disappearing weightlifter.
Just four days before the start of what the IOC president said “The most complicated” Organizers said that since July 1st, 58 people have tested positive for the virus.
After the problem broke out A series of setbacks For the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the pandemic, there are corruption and sexism scandals, the cancellation of the original plan of the National Stadium, and concerns that the intense heat may endanger the lives of participants.
Those who tested positive for Covid included athletes and officials, as well as the media and contractors. It is expected that more than 56,000 of them will enter Japan before and during the game.
On Sunday, two South African football players tested positive and became the first athletes to be infected with the virus in the Olympic Village. The British Olympic Association also confirmed that six athletes and two staff members of its track and field team are in quarantine after positive cases of the new crown virus on a flight to Japan. American tennis player Coco Goff, Say on twitter After the test is positive, she will not participate in the competition.
More and more athletes either cancel the competition or are forced to quarantine for a long time when the competition is about to start, which intensifies people’s concerns about sports competition Will be severely damaged Affected by the epidemic.
Seiko Hashimoto, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, said at a press conference over the weekend that the organizers will strengthen measures to avoid Covid clusters.
Toyota Motor, the global sponsor of the Olympics, said on Monday that although the company has already put Olympic logo advertisements in other parts of the world, it will not broadcast event-related TV commercials in Japan.When this decision is made, other business supporters have hired external experts to evaluate Damaged reputation Associated with the event.
Public opposition Intensive television reports of Olympic-related foreign tourists breaking restrictions have sparked heated discussions over the weekend, with some people drinking outside designated areas.
After an Olympic staff member from Uzbekistan was arrested on suspicion of severely sexually assaulting a Japanese colleague, resentment against the incident intensified over the weekend.
In addition, this month, four British and American contractors who worked as Olympic electricians were arrested. About drug costs.
Japan has introduced increasingly complex safeguards in its efforts to ensure that preparations for the Olympics have been postponed for a year.Almost all events will be held without spectators and life Olympic village Will be subject to strict regular testing and isolation system management.
The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, announced last week that the risk of visiting athletes transmitting the infection to ordinary Japanese people is “zero”-a remark that has been widely criticized as being overconfident in the face of a surge in the epidemic.
The sudden outbreak of troublesome weekends before the Olympics included a 1994 magazine interview with Koyamada Keigo. The composer was called “Cornelius” and his music was at the core of Friday’s opening ceremony. In the interview, 52-year-old Koyamada boasted that he humiliated and bullied a disabled student at school.
Koyamada said on Monday that he would resign and apologize in a statement posted online.
In addition, local authorities in central Japan are looking for Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko, who disappeared from his team training camp after leaving a note saying that he wanted to find a job in the country. The 20-year-old athlete failed to qualify for the competition and is expected to fly back to Uganda this week.