Canceling the Olympics, Tokyo Docs Affiliation Says: Coronavirus Updates: NPR

A protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. A well-known medical association has joined calls to cancel the Tokyo Summer Games. Koji Sasahara / AP Hide caption

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A protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. A well-known medical association has joined calls to cancel the Tokyo Summer Games.

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Since a large part of Japan is in another state of emergency due to an increase in coronavirus infections, a group of around 6,000 general practitioners in Tokyo has called for the Summer Games to be canceled.

In an open letter to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga posted on its website on Monday, the Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association says hospitals “have their hands full” and have almost no capacity to deal with a possible outbreak triggered by the massive international event.

The association wants the government to convince the International Olympic Committee to cancel the Games.

The local governments of the cities that host Olympic events outside of Tokyo also say they lack hospital beds and refuse to provide facilities for athletes when they are needed for local residents.

The 2020 games, which have already been postponed for a year due to the pandemic, are set to begin in 66 days. Suga insists that the games, which are played with no foreign spectators, go as planned.

Continuing the games this summer has become very unpopular in the host country. A poll by The Asahi Shimbun newspaper last weekend found that 83% of respondents would like the games to be canceled or postponed again.

Mark Katkov reported from Washington, DC; Anthony Kuhn reported from Seoul, South Korea.

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