The fate of the Olympic Games must be decided by medical experts: an IOC official

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A senior member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission said the global governing body for sports should not withdraw whether or not the Tokyo Olympics should be held and that the decision should be left to medical experts.

Canadian Hailey Wickenheiser, a four-time Olympic ice hockey gold medalist, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) that “this decision should be made by medical and health experts, not corporate and big business.”

“You have to give a very clear and transparent explanation if the games are going to continue. You almost need someone else with less investment than you to say it is or isn’t worth it. The IOC shouldn’t make that call.” she said.

“It has to be experienced doctors and doctors who have dealt with pandemics and people who have nothing to gain or lose from it.”

Due to the jump in the Covid-19 cases, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga decided to issue another state of emergency in Tokyo and three other prefectures – Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo.

Osaka reported 1,162 new cases on Friday, surpassing 1,000 infections for the fourth day in a row, and Hyogo confirmed a record 567 new cases, while Tokyo had 759 new infections.

“In Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, new variants account for more than 80 percent of their infections, compared to 30 percent in Tokyo,” Suga said.

The measure, which came into force today, will last until May 11.



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