The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is getting slammed in Japan after its senior officials said the Tokyo Olympics should go ahead as planned despite the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.
Japanese commenter on social media platforms said that IOC President Thomas Bach and vice president John Coates are disregarding Japanese public opinion and forcing the Summer Games to be held despite opposition, it was reported Monday.
On Twitter, one commenter said, “Thomas Bach and John Coates are neck and neck in the race for the most hated pariah here. I predict a dead heat,” the report said.
The reaction comes after Bach said Saturday that sacrifices are needed to make the Olympics happen, despite the ongoing global pandemic.
“The athletes definitely can make their Olympic dreams come true,” Bach told representatives of the International Hockey Federation. “We have to make some sacrifices to make this possible.”
Bach also praised the “resilience” of the Japanese people, the report said. His use of the word “sacrifice” is angering people on Twitter.
“Why do people in Japan have to make a sacrifice for Olympics during a worldwide pandemic? It is definitely not acceptable,” the user said.
According to Softbank Group chief executive Masayoshi Son, 80 percent of Japanese want the Olympics postponed again or canceled.
Canceling the Olympics could mean Olympic insurers could stand to lose $2 to $3 billion, according to estimates from investment bank Jeffries earlier this year.