The Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, number 2 of the women’s circuit, admitted this Sunday that Japan is experiencing an “uncomfortable” situation having to organize an Olympic Games in the middle of the covid pandemic and that they will make “people take risks.”
“For me, I think it is putting people at risk, this puts people in a very uncomfortable position,” Osaka said at the press conference prior to his participation in the Rome tournament.
This should be a matter of discussion. Of course I would like the Games to be held, I am an athlete and this is the kind of thing I have waited for all my life.
“But I think there are much bigger things at stake, especially last year (when the Games were postponed for a year due to the pandemic). I think there can be many unforeseen events, “he added.
Osaka was in favor of athletes coming to Tokyo receiving the vaccine. «I have been vaccinated. I don’t think you can force anyone to get vaccinated, but I think that if you want to go to the Games you should do everything possible to satisfy the host country.
“There will be many people who are going to travel to the country, so they must make the most appropriate decision,” he insisted.
More than 10,000 athletes from 200 countries will come to Tokyo for the Games, which will not be able to attend the public from abroad. The organization has not yet decided if the local public will be able to attend the tests. (GG) (AFP)