Japan on Tuesday said vaccination for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is not a requirement for participating this July-September in the Olympic Games, which were delayed last year due to the pandemic.
“We are considering comprehensive measures to hold safe and secure games, even without making vaccines a condition,” Katsunobu Kato, the chief Cabinet secretary of the Japanese government, told a news conference.
Japan was set to host the Olympics last year but the world’s biggest games were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is adamant to go ahead with the Olympics and Paralympics this year to be held from late July through early September.
A survey conducted by Kyodo News found at least 80 percent of respondents seeking rescheduling of the games.
Last week, the head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee said it is “absolutely impossible” to postpone this year’s Summer Olympics even amid the pandemic.
“Having even a slight sense of uncertainty impacts everything. All I can say is that we will go ahead with our preparations,” Yoshiro Mori said.The Tokyo Olympics is estimated to cost $15.8 billion. SOVEREIGNPH