The White House on Tuesday (May 25) reaffirmed its support for Tokyo’s plan to hold the Olympic Games this summer and for U.S. athletes competing there despite a new wave of coronavirus cases and a U.S. travel advisory for Japan.
In Los Angeles, residents weighed in on whether they think the games should go ahead.
“I don’t think they should still have the Olympics if people shouldn’t be traveling there. That makes no sense to still have the Olympics,” said Antoinette Wiley, who was on her lunch break.
Monica Martinez had bought tickets in 2020 to the Olympics in Tokyo. Despite being keen to go, she felt it was better to postpone.
“It’s just for everyone’s safety. I think that’s the best thing,” she told Reuters.
Babak Agah, who has traveled to Japan several times believes that Japan is “very precise” in everything it does and trusted that the games would be safe.
A fourth wave of novel coronavirus infections in Japan led the State Department to issue a “Do Not Travel” advisory for the country on Monday (May 24).
The U.S. advisory and guidance for Japan did not mention plans for the Olympics, which is scheduled to start on July 23, but warned against visiting the country now. Japanese officials said they did not anticipate any effect on the Games from the travel advisory.
Japan, which has recorded more than 700,000 infections and 12,000 deaths from the virus, has delivered vaccinations to just under 5% of its population. That is the slowest rate among the world’s larger, rich countries.
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