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Will Tokyo Olympics go ahead? The next two weeks will be crucial, says Craig Ray

24 May 2021 6:53 PM
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As Japan battles with another Covid-19 wave and a slow vaccine rollout, will the Tokyo Olympics be called off?

Daily Maverick sports editor Craig Ray says the next few weeks will decide whether the Olympic Games will proceed as planned.

There's been a major outcry from Japanese citizens who are up in arms that their government is even considering staging the Olympics while the country battles another Covid-19 wave.

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In his latest opinion piece, Ray says it is possible for Japanese authorities to host the Olympics in a reasonably secure environment.

If the event does not go ahead, he says decision-makers must be able to say that it wasn’t for lack of trying.

Ray explains to CapeTalk that there are legal and commercial considerations involved in this decision.

The next two weeks are going to be crucial. If the number of cases keeps rising in Japan and the outcry becomes even louder, they are going to make it almost impossible for the Japanese authorities to greenlight the Olympics.

Craig Ray, Sports Editor - Daily Maverick

But if it [Covid-19] does drop off in the next couple of weeks and they show signs of getting over this current wave... then it might well go ahead.

Craig Ray, Sports Editor - Daily Maverick

It's a very difficult situation... I think every avenue has to be exhausted before they eventually call it off.

Craig Ray, Sports Editor - Daily Maverick

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24 May 2021 6:53 PM
Tags:
Tokyo Olympics
2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

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