The Japanese government does not want to open the Olympics only to people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“ We are considering large-scale measures to organise safe and protected Games without making vaccinations a prerequisite,” said government spokesman Katsunobu Kato on Tuesday. Thomas Bach, the chairman of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has ruled out a number of occasions an obligation to vaccinate athletes.
The organisers encourage athletes and other stakeholders such as supervisors and journalists to get vaccinated. Approximately 11,000 athletes from all over the world will take part in the Games, which are due to start on 23 July. Whether spectators will be welcome is still the question. According to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, his country wants to start vaccination at the end of February. This is later than many other countries, because more testing needs to be done on Japanese.
Medical staff is the first turn, followed by people over 65, vulnerable people and caregivers. In Tokyo and some nearby regions, the state of emergency applies after coronac figures went the wrong direction. Japan has so far more than 330,000 infections, some 4500 people died of the virus.
President Xi believes in successful Beijing Winter Games
Chinese President Xi Jinping is convinced that next years Winter Games will be a great success. Chinese state media reported that Tuesday after Xi visited some Olympic accommodations. “China will host a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games that will help us become a sporting superpower,” the president was quoted.
The Winter Games are scheduled for 4 to 20 February, with Beijing becoming the first city to organise both the Summer and Winter Games. Xi was satisfied with the progress and pleased that Chinese winter sports enthusiasts show good performance a year before the Games. He did not mention the coronapandemic, although some accommodations are located outside Beijing in Hebei Province where the most severe outbreak has been reported in months. This has led to strict measures for millions of people in the area.
In 2008, the Olympic Games were also in Beijing.