100 days left until Tokyo Olympics but doubts over safety remain amid COVID-19 resurgence
Updated: 2021-04-14 15:35:29 KST
In just a hundred days, the Tokyo Olympics begin.
But amid COVID-19's global resurgence, questions over the event's safety remain as Japan and the International Olympic Committee push to carry on with the event with no spectators from overseas.
Foreign media outlets have expressed deep concern over the host nation's decision.
In a piece titled "It's Time to Rethink the Olympics", the New York Times wrote the timing of the Games (quote) "remains awful" and voiced concerns that it may end up becoming a super spreader event.
The Guardian, meanwhile, recently published an editorial questioning the necessity of the Games, calling it a "risky prospect."
The South Korean Olympic team has kept hopes high though, vowing to win seven gold medals and finish within the top ten in medal rankings.
On Wednesday at a Media Day event at the Jincheon National Training Center in Chungcheongbuk-do Province, the country's Olympic body said it would do all it can to support its athletes on the journey ahead including getting them vaccinated as fast as possible.
The full Olympic squad has yet to be assembled, but among the athletes present at the event were 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Yang Hak-sun and rising table tennis star Shin Yu-bin.
"It's my first Olympics so I'm going to give it all I've got and leave with no regrets."
The Korea Sport and Olympic Committee also unveiled official uniforms to be worn by the athletes during the Opening Ceremony and at the Olympic Village.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.