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To game or not to game: Tokyo Olympics 2021

What is your take: should the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics be held in 2021 or not?

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thomas

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The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to start next Friday. They are now scheduled to begin in July 2021. Here's an interesting piece by the NYT that sheds some light on the uncertainties of next year's event given the coronavirus situation in the US and other nations.

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The re-elected governor of Tokyo, Ms Koike, pledged a "120 per cent effort" to ensure the first-ever postponed Games can go ahead. Koike said the city was committed to holding the event as a "symbol of human triumph" over the virus, but admitted it would be downsized.


Mr Mori, the president of Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, echoed these sentiments last week and posed a "Big if" question that nobody really wants to address right now: if the Games end up being scrapped, who will pay the damages stemming from the building of stadiums and selling of tickets?

Source: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13556891

Many health experts, such as Kentaro Iwata, a professor of infectious diseases at Kobe University, remain highly sceptical. As Covid-19 continues to spread, with more than 14 million reported cases and more than 600,000 deaths around the world, they say it's unlikely the Tokyo Olympics - and the Paralympics, which are slated to begin 24 Aug 2021 - can or will be held as scheduled: "I do not think (holding the) Olympic Games in 2021 is (a) realistic goal".


Another option under consideration is to scale down the games next year:

The Olympics were delayed for a year because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. According to one estimate, the additional costs to hold the event next summer will total 300 billion yen ($2.7 billion). However, the Tokyo metropolitan government has also been forced to dip into its budget to cover various support measures for local companies that have been asked to close or reduce operating hours to prevent a further spread of COVID-19 infections. The total cost of these measures has reached at least 1 trillion yen, effectively wiping out the metropolitan government’s fiscal adjustment fund.
Source: Tokyo discussing scaled-down Olympics in 2021 to reduce costs

Meanwhile, only 23.9 per cent of Tokyoites want to hold the games next year. I have no doubts that this number will further decrease.

 

mdchachi

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Mr Mori, the president of Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, echoed these sentiments last week and posed a "Big if" question that nobody really wants to address right now: if the Games end up being scrapped, who will pay the damages stemming from the building of stadiums and selling of tickets?
We already know the answer to that. It will primarily be taxpayers.
 

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It is already a failure, no point wasting anymore money.
Thanks China !
 

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