Tokyo Olympics: IOC sees no link between Games and increased number of cases in Japan | Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee said Thursday it saw no link between the current increase in Covid-19 cases in Japan and the Tokyo Games.
IOC spokesperson Mark Adams told a daily briefing that to his knowledge no infection has spread from Summer Games participants to the Japanese population.
A total of 310,000 tests have been carried out at the Games so far, of which only a small fraction has been positive.
Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee spokesperson Masa Takaya stressed that there was no negative impact on the Japanese healthcare system. “In this regard, we are on the right track to deliver safe and secure games,” Takaya added.
Japanese officials sounded the alarm on Thursday after Tokyo reported record coronavirus cases for two consecutive days as the Olympics were well advanced.
Tokyo reported 3,177 new cases on Wednesday, up from 2,848 on Tuesday, setting an all-time high and surpassing 3,000 for the first time.
“Obviously it is a challenge for any country when there is an increase in Covid-19 cases, but I have no doubts that the Olympics are happening without actually affecting this essential secondary care and delivery. hospitals, ”said IOC Medical and Scientific Director Richard Budgett.
Budgett also commented on the debut of Laurel Hubbard, who will be the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics.
“Laurel Hubbard is a woman and competes under her federation rules, and we must pay tribute to her courage and tenacity in competing and qualifying for the games,” Budgett said, noting that a new framework for the transgender athletes was being developed. work.
Hubbard’s efforts have made her a flashpoint in the debate about the fairness of trans athletes competing in women’s events. She faced anger, contempt and ridicule, and was directly criticized by some opponents.
Hubbard made his transition eight years ago at the age of 35.
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