Tokyo Olympic Games hang in the balance

By ZBC Reporter
THE Tokyo Olympic Games which have been postponed to next year, still hang in the balance amid indications that the biggest sporting event on the globe will only go ahead if a Covid-19 vaccine is found.
The Olympic games which were originally scheduled for this year in Tokyo, Japan were postponed to 2021 after the outbreak of Covid-19 which has affected sporting activities across the globe.
A leading Japanese vaccine researcher, Professor Yoshiharu Mutsuura has however cast doubt on the event being held next year unless a vaccine is found.
In an interview with Sky News, Professor Yoshiharu Matsuura, from the Research Foundation for Microbial Disease of Osaka University, revealed that the Japanese government is putting a large emphasis on the development of a Covid-19 vaccine because of the Olympics.
The foundation also referred to as the BIKEN Foundation is developing a Covid-19 vaccine which is at the pre-clinical trial stage.
However, Prof Matsuura expressed concern at the slow pace of vaccine development globally noting that further delays will affect the games.
A number of developed countries have allowed sporting action to resume under strict guidelines with others still under lockdown having put activities on hold.
Japan has invested billions of dollars in hosting the Olympic games with further delays causing serious financial losses.