Tokyo Olympics mascot

Tokyo Olympic Games organisers unveiled the statues of the Olympic mascots on Wednesday to mark the 100-day countdown to the start of the mega event.

The event launching mascots ‘Miraitowa’ and ‘Someity’ took place amid growing concern about the rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the country.

An opinion poll released on Monday by the Japanese news agency Kyodo showed that 39.2 per cent of respondents said the Olympics should be cancelled, about 33 per cent called for a second postponement while only 24.5 per cent thought the games should go ahead.

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in many parts of the country, and Japan only began its vaccination programme this week, meaning vast swathes of the nation would remain unvaccinated when Olympics begin on 23 July.

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