The Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association, an organization of some six thousand GPs, has asked in an open letter on Tuesday to cancel the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

According to the medics, going ahead with the biggest sporting event in the world is irresponsible.

"The hospitals already have their hands full, there is almost no spare capacity," the doctors write in the letter addressed to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

"We urge the authorities to convince the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that organizing the Olympic Games is a difficult story and that the event should be called off."

Tokyo has seen a spike in corona infections, leading to a shortage of medical staff and hospital beds in some parts of the Japanese capital.

In any case, there will be a state of emergency until May 31.

With about two months left until the start of the Games in the resistance to the event going on big.

For example, other health experts and medical groups have already expressed their concerns and a petition to cancel the Games has already been signed by hundreds of thousands of people.

For the time being, despite the pressure, the Japanese government and the IOC do not seem to be planning to end the Games, which are due to start on July 23.

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