Despite the new coronavirus, which is already shaking up the world sports agenda, Japanese politicians are determined to maintain the Olympic Games, which are due to start in Tokyo (Japan) on July 24. A decision shared by the population. “Even if Japan manages to control the situation of the virus, the arrival of many people from abroad, some of whom could be infected, could risk infecting others”, says Takaki Ito, a Japanese student.
“If ultimately people don't come to Tokyo, the impact on the economy will be really significant”, laments Yoshiko Saotome, another Japanese student. Japanese politicians want neither postponement nor the Olympic Games without spectators. But the International Olympic Committee will use the recommendations of the World Health Organization to make the final decision.