With 100 days to go, Tokyo scrambles to stage pandemic Olympics

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When Japan won the bid to host the Olympic Games eight years ago, it billed Tokyo as a reliable and secure location, contrasting it with rivals struggling with finances and political instability.

But 100 days before the start of the Olympics, the organisers face a deluge of challenges and growing uncertainty as the pandemic rages around the world, affecting decisions on everything from athlete safety to spectator numbers to ticket sales.

The biggest headache is the resurgent coronavirus, with countries like India and Brazil battling new variants and a fresh rise in cases.

In Japan, vaccinations have been the slowest among developed economies, as Tokyo has lurched in and out of soft lockdowns.

Infections are on the rise, and experts worry https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-tokyo-emergency-idAFKBN2BV0UA the city is on the cusp of an “explosive” jump in cases.

As a result, foreign spectators have been barred, parts of the torch relay have been re-routed, and the organizers are yet to decide what to do with the domestic audience.—Reuters