Panel to discuss and explain impact of Tokyo Games

The head of the Japanese government's advisory panel on the coronavirus says he hopes to discuss and explain what impact the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will have on the infection situation in the country.

Omi Shigeru spoke in a Diet committee on Wednesday. He said that if there is a final decision to go ahead with the Games, it is the responsibility of professionals like him to assess whether they would impact the spread of the virus in Japan, and how the risks could be mitigated.

The Olympics are scheduled to open in late July, with the Paralympics starting in late August. They were postponed for one year due to the pandemic.