The 2020 Games Are Postponed, But Should the Olympics Even Happen At All Anymore?

A woman walks past a Olympic Rings memorial in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. (Kyodo via AP Images)

It was supposed to be a four-week assessment that was approaching in four hours, but the International Olympic Committee has finally made the decision to “postpone” the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.

A joint statement by IOC chief Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was In part: “Under the current circumstances and based on the information provided today by WHO, the IOC President and the Japanese Prime Minister have concluded that the XXXII. Tokyo Olympics must be postponed to a date after 2020, but not later than summer 2021, to protect the health of athletes, everyone involved in the Olympics and the international community. ”

Then, full of their trademark holiness and self-meaning, the official IOC statement said“The heads of state and government agreed that the Tokyo Olympics could be a beacon of hope for the world in these difficult times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world is currently located . “

It is a shame for the International Olympic Committee that it took so long to “move”. The fact that it took an upswing in athletes and national associations to force them to take final action speaks volumes. If the IOC had actually taken care of the health and well-being of the athletes, they would have postponed the games a few weeks ago and served as a “beacon” of responsibility towards the sports world and the real world for the seriousness of COVID-19. It could have been a statement that the coronavirus crisis is outperforming athletes’ health – it’s about global health. Instead, they twisted their thumbs and trembled at the thought of breaking free from their contractual obligations and billions of dollars from radio and sponsorship.

On the other hand, if the IOC actually took care of the health and well-being of the athletes, the games would not be in Tokyo for the time being. Several events were planned for Fukushima, the site of a meltdown in 2011. These Olympic Games should be billed as “recovery games”, evidence of the cleanup of Fukushima and the return of Japan as a global destination. The reality is very different, as we saw firsthand last summer.

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