Meanwhile, the majority of Japanese demand to cancel or reschedule international competitions.
The International Olympic Committee has backed Japan’s measures to combat COVID-19 and expressed confidence that the Tokyo Olympics, which opens on July 23, will be a “historic” event, despite widespread public opposition.
With the Olympics less than three months away, Japan is grappling with a surge in coronavirus cases.
The majority of the Japanese population is demanding that the Olympics be canceled or rescheduled, while about 70 percent of the 10,500 athletes, about 7800 people, have already qualified to participate in the Games.
“We are in the implementation phase with 78 days left and are fully focused on hosting the Games,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams told an online news conference.
“When the Games begin and the Japanese people become the proud host of an event that will be a historic event, I am sure we will see a huge shift in public opinion in favor of the Games,” he added. However, his press conference ended with a demonstrator unfurling a banner reading “No to the Olympics.”