With the decrease in COVID-19 cases and the acceleration of vaccination, the Tokyo Olympics could indeed take place this summer, from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
At least this is the opinion of the organizers who have systematically ruled out a further postponement of the Games after that of last year. The president of Tokyo 2020, Seiko Hashimoto, is even certain “at 100%” that they will take place. The situation in Japan continues to improve and it is now 50% of the population who are in favor of holding the Games this summer. Barely a month ago, we were only talking about 39% ...
This means that, if everything remains under control, we will be entitled to two beautiful weeks of sports to watch on television at the end of July. The organizers of the Tokyo Games still have to make a decision very soon on the number of spectators allowed, after having already given up in March to welcome audiences from abroad.
However, all is not rosy in Japan. The country has already spent US $ 15.4 billion on the Olympics and government audits indicate it could be double. Several Japanese athletes do not agree with the holding of these Games and accuse the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of not listening to the public opinion of their country:
“We have been trapped in a situation where we cannot stop anything now. We are damned if we do, and damned if we don't. […] The IOC also seems to think that public opinion in Japan is not important. […] What will these Olympic Games be used for and for whom? The Games have already lost their meaning and are being organized just for them. I think we have already missed the opportunity to cancel them. "Radio-Canada, June 6, 2021
The IOC derives nearly 75 % of its income from the sale of broadcasting rights. It would be a loss of $ 3 billion to $ 4 billion for him if the Games are canceled again. Not to mention that spectators from abroad will be banned in Tokyo. Hoping that these Olympic Games will not have a bitter taste in spite of everything and that the pleasure will be there.
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