A “do not travel” advisory to Japan was issued by the US State Department on Monday, less than two months before the start of the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, according to Deadline. The reason for this warning is the rise of COVID-19 cases, which have a lot to believe if the games will take place. As it goes, NBC Sports is continuing its Olympic Games coverage plans, according to a spokesperson.
Earlier this month, Japan announced a state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions until May 31. At the time, Tokoyo was seeing spikes in COVID-19 cases and Japan was one of the least vaccinated countries in the world. The US Olympic Committee has not commented on the situation, but there were anti-olympic demonstrations in Tokyo due to the pandemic.
Olympic champion swimmer Katie Ledecky recently spoke to PopCulture.com about the plan for the athletes when they travel to Tokyo. “The Olympic committee is starting to publish more and more information every day on some of these different tests and other measures,” she said. “But, you know, we do this regularly in our training environment, so I feel pretty comfortable and confident with it all. And I know it’s going to look like a little different Olympics, it’s going to look like different, we won’t have that many spectators, we won’t have our family at the Olympics, but I think we can still have a great game and a great experience in Tokyo. “
In January, London time reported that Japan was ready to cancel the Olympics if COVID-19 cases did not decrease. If that were to happen, the country would focus on hosting the games possibly in 2032. The 2024 Summer Olympics are expected to take place in Paris, and the 2028 Summer Olympics will return to the United States, Los Angeles being the host city.
TMZ. “We hope that everyday life can get back to normal as soon as possible, and we will continue to do everything we can to prepare for safe and secure matches.”