Petition against Tokyo Olympics submitted to organisers

Petition signed by 350,000 people calling for the Olympics to be SCRAPPED submitted to Tokyo 2020 organisers as pressure continues to mount on the Games going ahead amid rapid rise of Covid cases

  • Host city Tokyo is under a state of emergency following coronavirus outbreak
  • Lawyer Kenji Utsunomiya launched Stop Tokyo Olympics campaign last week 
  • Petition signed by 350,000 people was submitted to organisers on Friday

The pressure to call off the Olympics has increased after a petition signed by 350,000 people was submitted to organisers.

Host city Tokyo is under a state of emergency following a rising number of coronavirus cases across Japan with just 10 weeks to go until the Games are due to begin.

Kenji Utsunomiya, a 74-year-old lawyer, launched the Stop Tokyo Olympics campaign last week and his petition contains signatures from 133 countries. 

Lawyer Kenji Utsunomiya (above) launched the Stop Tokyo Olympics campaign last week

Activists hold placards to protest against the 2020 Olympic Games amid a Covid outbreak 

Utsunomiya said: ‘The Olympics should be cancelled to protect people’s lives. By hosting this pompous event, valuable health care resources will be spent.’

The national union of Japanese doctors also visited Japan’s health ministry to present a letter addressed to prime minister Yoshihide Suga. 

Union chief Naoto Ueyama said: ‘It is impossible to hold a safe Olympic Games.’

Host city Tokyo is under a state of emergency following a rising number of coronavirus cases

Tokyo 2020 organisers are determined for the Olympic Games to go ahead this summer




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