Japan’s 2021 Olympic torch relay goes on behind a curtain

Japan’s 2021 Olympic torch relay goes on behind a curtain

Former Japanese swimmer Aya Terakawa carries the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch during the torch relay at the Expo ‘70 Commemorative Park in Suita, after it was barred from public roads across Osaka region due to a spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

Former Japanese swimmer Aya Terakawa carries the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch through the torch relay on the Expo ‘70 Commemorative Park in Suita, after it was barred from public roads throughout Osaka area attributable to a spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) circumstances.
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Japan has a fireplace to place out.

The Olympic torch relay will solely give Japanese residents one other excuse to say they don’t need the Summer time Video games.

Let’s begin with this truth: the 2021 Olympics are tremendously unpopular in Japan. Since final 12 months, many residents, activists, and companies have proven no need for Tokyo to host a global occasion in a worldwide pandemic. And who might blame them? Simply final month, a ballot within the Asahi Shimbun confirmed roughly 70 p.c of respondents need the Video games postponed one other 12 months or canceled outright.

As of this week, the island nation has vaccinated about 1.4 percent of its inhabitants and every day COVID circumstances and deaths are rising.

Reminder: The opening ceremonies are solely 81 days away. Yikes.

But the torch relay — just like the Video games themselves — will bulldoze by, oblivious to the issues raised by residents.

The Olympic torch was lit on March 23 and the relay started quickly after. Nevertheless it has just lately been rerouted and closed off to the general public due the coronavirus. And this morning, stories of six torch relay staff members testing optimistic for the virus surfaced — bringing the whole variety of staffers contaminated as much as eight.

All of this, by the way in which, for an occasion that doesn’t appear that obligatory. I imply, what’s the purpose in having a parade if individuals can’t watch safely?

What a view.

Right here’s one other angle that truly reveals how weird the torch theatre actually is.

What are we doing, people?

I’m not precisely positive why organizers are blocking this off. Perhaps they really don’t need spectators to return and contract the virus. Perhaps they don’t need activists displaying as much as protest the occasion. Or perhaps each. Both means, shouldn’t these issues be grounds for Olympic organizers to rethink the torch relay?

Most likely.