As the first softball games kicked off for the Tokyo Olympics, there’s no guarantee that every athlete will get an opportunity to go for gold.
With positive COVID-19 cases on the rise the Tokyo Games could very well be canceled altogether if it’s deemed too unsafe to continue.
The Opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday July 23rd and the games currently will go on until August 8th.
Having already been postponed for a year due to the pandemic, cases in all of Asia continue to rise, not just in Japan.
Therefore, this is a touch and go situation gm and pretty much fluid situation.
While many believed the pandemic which has ravaged the world was in the rear view mirror it has once began to take the world by storm. Even before finishing up exhibition play in Las Vegas the US Men’s Basketball team lost Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine after they both tested postive, and tennis star Coco Gauff is also out after she to tested positive for the virus. The virus now has what are being described as Delta variants, and they are putting a strain on different places around the globe. Couple that with negligence of humans (not wearing a mask and not practicing a safe social distance) even after being vaccinated and this is where we are.
Tokyo Games chief Tostito Muto mentioned that there’s been continued dialogue because it’s virtually impossible to know what may happen concerning positive COVID-19 tests. Tokyo itself has declared a state of emergency, and various events will be held in fan less venues around the city. Over 70 cases have been reported since the beginning of July when many folks began to arrive.
“We can’t predict what will happen with the number of coronavirus cases,”Mr.Muto, head of the organizing committee said in a news conference.”
“Discussions will continue if there’s a spike in cases. “We have agreed that based on the coronavirus situation, we will convene five-party talks again. At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises.”
In addition to fallout from this possible setback, many major sponsors have bowed out of the opening ceremony.
With athletes and attendees arriving from abroad that is a major concern which could trigger an outbreak of epic proportions.
As a huge fan of the games I wanna see them play out but not at the risk of folks getting infected by a virus that’s taken the lives of over 4 million, while having infected over 192 million globally.