Japan scientist 'very pessimistic' on Olympics

Japan scientist 'very pessimistic' on Olympics

Agency News

A Japanese professor of infectious disease has said he is "very pessimistic" the postponed Tokyo Olympics can open in 15 months.

"To be honest with you, I don't think the Olympics is likely to be held next year," said professor Kentaro Iwata on Monday. "Holding the Olympics needs two conditions: one, controlling COVID-19 in Japan, and controlling COVID-19 everywhere."

The Tokyo Olympics next July will be a "uniquely risky" event, demanding flexibility from organisers amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly if a vaccine has not been rolled out by then, medical experts say.