Japan Rugby Football Union recently released their line up for the Tokyo Olympics which will kick off this July. The continued efforts to continue the Olympic Games has had mixed reactions from athletes and the nation. As people protest to cancel the games due to an increased threat of the Covid-19 virus on their country if the games continue.
The Japanese Rugby 7s teams will consist of new faces, with the men’s team only retaining three Rio Olympic Olympians, Kameli Soejima, Kazushi Hano and Lote Tuqiri, while the women’s 7s will only bring back Mifuyu Koide from the 2016 line up.
BBC news reported that Japans hands seem to be tied with the contract they have with the IOC “When the public realized that the contract between the government and the IOC didn’t allow Tokyo to cancel the Olympics without risking future lawsuits, they grew even angrier.”
Nakamura, was one of the several athletes that was asked by the people to call on the cancellation of the Olympic Games. She said on Twitter: “I cannot publicly say I want the Games to go ahead because I know it’s athlete’s ego.”
“It’s unfortunate that athletes don’t feel comfortable saying that they want the Games to go ahead,” said in an interview by Toshinao Sasaki, a journalist who has written extensively about how Japan needs to be able to have a healthy debate.