CNN Correspondent Will Ripley is joining the town hall from Tokyo, Japan — where a debate is ongoing on the future of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“In less than an hour the Olympic Torch is going to be arriving here in Japan. And officials continue to insist they’re moving forward to host the Olympics on schedule at the end of July,” Ripley said. “Can the world feel confident given, you know, we’re seeing such limited testing here?”
Will the Olympics go ahead? The coming weeks will tell: “I have no reason to believe they’re not making progress in Japan,” said Mike Ryan, director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program.
“And the Olympics is a major global event. And I think Japan still has hope the Olympics will happen, but that is going to be based on a risk management decision. And obviously the government of Japan will not make a decision to go ahead if there is danger to athletes, danger to spectators. And a lot of that will depend on how the disease evolves in the coming few weeks.”
Source : CNN