Australia’s softball squad arrived in Japan on Tuesday for a pre-Olympic coaching camp, as nearly all of the Japanese public is against holding the massive worldwide occasion in a rustic the place the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been sluggish.
The squad, the primary nationwide workforce to return to Japan for such coaching because the Video games had been postponed final yr as a result of pandemic, left Sydney on Monday for a 47-day camp within the central Japanese metropolis of Ota, some 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Tokyo.
All members of the delegation have been vaccinated and are scheduled to be examined for the coronavirus on daily basis throughout their keep, mentioned an official of Ota, an industrial metropolis with a inhabitants of about 220,000.
Australia have received medals in every of the 4 earlier Olympic softball competitions, taking the bronze in 1996, 2000 and 2008 and a silver in 2004.
Australia will play the opening recreation towards hosts Japan, which received gold in 2008, on July 21, two days earlier than the official opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
Japan has just lately been hit by one other wave of coronavirus infections, and 10 areas together with Tokyo will stay underneath a state of emergency at the very least till June 20. Solely about 3% of its inhabitants is totally vaccinated towards COVID-19.
A voter survey by Japan’s Nikkei enterprise each day confirmed on Monday that 62% of these polled imagine the Olympics must be postponed once more or cancelled altogether.
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