Great Britain’s rowing Matthew Pinsent said this year’s Tokyo Olympics should be canceled due to the coronavirus, with the Japanese capital expected to replace Paris as the host city for the 2024 Games.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist tweeted that it would be “ridiculous” to host an event with thousands of people from all over the world.
The Tokyo Games were supposed to take place last year, but were postponed after the shutdown of global sport following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Organizers say the Games will take place in 2021 despite a state of emergency declared in the greater Tokyo area after an upsurge in cases of the virus.
But Pinsent said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) needs to show leadership.
“Once again the IOC Olympic Committee needs courageous leadership,” he tweeted. “The idea that athletes / officials / Olympic delegations get priority from vaccines is antithetical.
“The risks of an event with thousands (thousands) of people traveling around the world to gather unvaccinated are ludicrous. ”
The 50-year-old rower, who won gold at successive Olympics from 1992 to 2004, added: “My own opinion is that the lineup for the Summer Olympics should change. and LA (Los Angeles) 32. Athletes are losing Olympics, but it seems more likely by the day. ”
Pinsent made his comments in response to a survey showing that support for the postponed Games had reached a new low in Japan.
Just over 80% of those polled by the Kyodo news agency said the Olympics should be canceled or postponed again – a jump of around 60% in a survey carried out in December by the same outlet.
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