A top official has stated that the Tokyo Olympics will not be delayed again if the COVID-19 pandemic continues until 2021. The sporting tournament will be canceled indefinitely.
However, Tokyo 2020 organizing committee president, Yoshiro Mori, has said that the Summer Olympics won’t be postponed again because of this deadly virus outbreak affecting the entire world. So far, infection numbers keep rising, and they are more than 3 million, and the death toll has surpassed 210k.
Yoshiro told Nikkan Sports, a Japanese newspaper, that if the Tokyo Games are not held during the new set time frame in the summer of 2021, then they will be forced to cancel the Olympics. If that happens, this will be the first cancellation to be ever recorded since the history of the modern Olympics started that is not war-related.
The last time the Olympics were canceled was during World War II, and there have been only three cancellation times since the first event that took place on April 6, 1896.
Yoshiro further stated that in the past, such problems were because of wartime that forced the Olympics cancellation. But this time, we are all fighting an invisible enemy that no one knows when all this will end.
The enemy this time is not people or war, it’s a deadly virus that is still a mystery how it all started, and every day confirmed cases keep rising, and new death tolls are recorded every 24 hours.
Late last month is when the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee decided to postpone the 2020 Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic. The agreement led to the Olympics Games to be set nearly a year to the day when they were initially set to start.
Now, the new scheduled date for the Tokyo Olympics is on July 23, 2021, and expected to run until August 8, 2021.
The new date was recently finalized, and there have been several speculations and uncertainty about whether the Tokyo Olympics will still go on, even in 2021.
Last week, we saw some headlines from a professor of infectious disease at Kobe University, Kentaro Iwata, who was very pessimistic about the likelihood of the Tokyo Olympics being held on July 23, 2021.
Iwata argued that for the Games to go as scheduled, then there is a need for control measures to be placed by that time. He added that for the Olympics to happen in 2021, Japan and the world must control or treat the COVID-19 pandemic through a vaccine.
So, it can be entirely possible we won’t be seeing the Olympics next year if medical researchers and scientists won’t have come up with a vaccine by then.
The Tokyo Olympics draws about 11,000 athletes from 200 countries, and not forgetting the coaches, staffers, and media members. That’s why experts have warned about a possible calamity if the Olympics were to be held without first controlling COVID-19 in Japan and all participating countries.
Archie Fowler was born and raised in Cleveland. As a Reporter, Archie has contributed to several online publications including City Visitor Publications and Quantum Grafix. In regards to academics, Archie has got a Post Graduation Degree in Department Of Business from Cleveland State University. As a Reporter for Chroniclex Archie Covers World Topics.