Japanese infectious disease specialist doubts that the Tokyo Olympics will be held in 2021

The expert believes that given the scale of the event, the risk of a new coronavirus outbreak is too high.

A Japanese infectious disease specialist believes it is unlikely that the Tokyo Olympics will be held on schedule next summer, as the threat of coronavirus, according to his forecasts, will continue for a long time.

Speaking in a teleconference at the foreign correspondents’ Club of Japan on Monday, Kobe University Professor Kentaro Iwata said that as athletes and spectators from all over the world come to the Olympics, the risk of a new COVID-19 outbreak is too high.

According to Iwata, holding the Olympics depends on whether Japan manages to get the virus under control, and whether other countries will do the same. If the format of the event is not significantly changed (for example, the competition will be held without spectators), he estimates the chances of holding the Olympic games very pessimistic, even if the vaccine is developed.

The event organizers and the International Olympic Committee decided to postpone the Games to next year due to the pandemic. According to the Associated Press, the head of the Olympic organizing committee, Toshiro Muto, also expresses doubts that the event will be held next year.

The Olympic Games attract about 11,000 athletes, as well as Paralympians, employees, coaches and thousands of foreign fans.

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