Head of Tokyo Medical Association says holding Games of Tokyo Olympics 'really difficult' amid rising COVID-19 cases

The head of the Tokyo Medical Association has warned, holding Tokyo Olympics this summer will be "really difficult" because of a spike in coronavirus infections across Japan.

Haruo Ozaki sounded the high alert as rising daily cases expedite new virus restrictions in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan.

Sports Hochi in a Tuesday press conference, "If infection spread further then in reality, it would be difficult to hold the Olympics in its regular form with athletes coming from various countries, even if the Games are held with no foreign spectators".

Ozaki said on his social media page Wednesday that the report reflected his concerns, even though recent successes by Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee and golfer Hideki Matsuyama had been inspiring.

He wrote in the post that "I couldn't hold back my tears watching Ikee and Matsuyama's great performances. I want to watch their great performances at the Olympics too".

"However, I have to say that holding the Games is really difficult, from my position as the head of medical workers".

Ozaki called all the organizers to show concrete measures on "how they can prevent the spread of infection at home and abroad".

He wrote that "Then we would like to genuinely study if such a plan is realistic".

statements come as Tokyo marks 100 days until the virus-postponed 2020 Olympics open on 23 July.

The rise in COVID-19 cases in Japan and abroad is powering concerns about whether the Games can or may be postponed ahead.

In several parts of Japan including Tokyo and Osaka put new virus restrictions have been in place.

Measures are much lower than the lockouts seen in other parts of the world, but they have forced the Olympic torch to be closed on public roads in Osaka.

Instead, the flame is being carried along a closed course inside a park and the public kept away.

Olympic organizers have released a series of virus rulebooks as they say they will keep the Games safe. They will ban overseas spectators and the movement of athletes in limit and require regular medical testing.

But vaccination will not be required and also quarantine rules will be waived for Olympic participants.

Polls show that the majority of Japanese want the Games postponed or canceled.

Since a winter surge in infections, support for holding the event this summer has risen but still hovers below 30 percent.

Dr. Dhillon Randeep

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