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Grafik mit den neuen Covid-19 Fällen und öffentliche Meinung, mit Gegenüberstellung der IOC Broadcast Rechte an Olympischen Sommerspielen.
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IOC kommt unter Druck, will trotzdem die Tokio Olympischen Spiele abhalten

By Ninian Carter

May 13, 2021 - Das IOC, das Gremium für die Olympische Bewegung, widersetzt sich allen Aufforderungen, die Spiele in Tokio abzusagen, obwohl die Zahl der Covid-19 Fälle in Japan rasant steigt.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo planners and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga are continuing to press ahead with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – already postponed from last year – despite overwhelming negative public opinion, and surging Covid-19 cases.

Adding to the discord is the IOC's call for the Japanese Nursing Association to volunteer 500 nurses to work at Olympic sites, thus removing them from vital duties treating patients with Covid-19.

Additionally, the IOC says some 10,000 medical workers will be needed during the Games, which are taking place during the hottest time of year in Japan. Many hospitals are full to capacity and struggling to cope with mounting cases as Japan struggles with a fourth deadly wave of coronavirus infections.

In related news, some leading tennis players such as Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are casting doubts as to whether they will turn up to the event at all, citing safety and travel concerns.

And in ominous news that is sure to dishearten athletics fans, Team USA has cancelled plans for a pre-Olympic training camp in Japan because of the Virus.

Somewhat ironically, IOC President Thomas Bach has even postponed a trip to Japan himself, because of the continued surge in coronavirus cases that have caused a state of emergency to be extended in the host nation.

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PUBLISHED: 14/05/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press
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