Surge of COVID cases threatens to derail Tokyo Olympics

With just 10 weeks until the Olympics, a number of athletes have voiced their safety concerns as Japan extends a state of emergency in several parts of the country due to rising COVID cases.
2:16 | 05/11/21

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Now to the surge of covid cases in Japan threatening to cancel or postpone the summer olympics for the second straight year. Some top athletes are now questioning whether they will attend the games if they go on as planned in July. Will reeve joins us now with the latest. Good morning, will. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. The international olympic committee insists the games will go on and will be safe and secure but there is mounting opposition to the olympics as covid cases surge in Japan. With the Tokyo olympics just over ten weeks away, ioc president Thomas Bach canceling a planned trip to Japan citing the surge of cases there with a state of emergency recently extended in several parts of the country. Olympic protests are growing and a recent poll showed over 60% of the Japanese population wants the games canceled amid growing covid case numbers. The health care system is overloaded with only 2% of the 126 million people there vaccinated. Tokyo and these olympic games are going to try to pull off what seems almost impossible. Having so many different groups moving around in a quarantine kind of bubble. Over 30 sport, you've got thousands and thousands of athletes. We've never seen anything attempted like this. Reporter: Japanese athletes like tennis world number one Naomi Osaka voicing their safety concerns. I want the olympics to happen because I'm an athlete and that's sort of what I've been waiting for my entire life. A lot of unexpected things have happened and for me, I feel like if it's putting people at risk and if it's making people very uncomfortable then it definitely should be a discussion. Reporter: And tennis icon Serena Williams sharing that she may skip the games entirely if she cant bring her 3-year-old daughter Olympia with her. I haven't spent 24 hours without her so that kind of answers the question itself. Reporter: The ioc says the games will not be postponed a second time. Either go on as scheduled or canceled entirely. If they are canceled that would be an eight-year gap from the 2016 games to the 2024 game. What a loss that is. A lot more coming up

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