Tokyo’s inhabitants do not want the Olympics anymore. This is what a survey – released this Monday June 29 by two Japanese medias – says, giving 51.7% of people surveyed are not for the organization of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics – expected to be held from July 23, 2021 in the Japanese capital.
Just over half of Tokyo's residents don't think the postponed 2020 Olympics should be held next year, backing either a further delay or outright cancellation because of fears over the #coronavirus, according to a poll https://t.co/Tl3KOqYOwN pic.twitter.com/UBLXK63t89— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 29, 2020
Delayed for a year because of the coronavirus epidemic, this new investigation shines a light on the Japanese capital’s inhabitants’ will to see the Olympic Games held in their city. And 51.7% of the 1,030 people surveyed hope they will be delayed again, or simply cancelled. Only 46.3% of them want the 2021 Olympics go on as planned after the first delay has been ordered back in March following the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic.
Furthermore, the poll disclosed by Japanese press agency Kyodo and TV channel Tokyo MC, and carried out from June 26 to 28 says that 27.7% of the surveyed are for the Games to be cancelled, and 24% of them would like another delay. By the way, 31.1% of them hope Games “in a scaled-back form”, and 15.2% want “full-blown” Olympic Games.
At the same time, the governor of the megalopolis, Yuriko Koike, told the AFP, the city intends to host the Games “in a sure and serene environment for athletes and spectators from abroad as well as Tokyo’s inhabitants” she said in the interview.