7 May 2021

Deaths will result from Olympics if they go ahead - Michael Baker

From Morning Report, 6:43 am on 7 May 2021

A top epidemiologist is warning the International Olympic Committee will kill people by going ahead with staging the Tokyo Games.

Otago Univeristy's Professor Michael Baker says while safety procedures during the Olympics will be strict and athletes will generally be safe, the Games will ultimately come at a cost.

Professor Baker told sports editor Stephen Hewson that athletes from poorer nations may have been vaccinated against Covid-19 at the expense of vulnerable people in their home countries, and deaths will result.