Why is Japan determined to hold the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? (Part 1)

Recently, the IOC World Olympic Committee has confirmed that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will still take place at the correct time, despite the complicated developments of the Covid-19 epidemic on a global scale. 

Previously, the Japanese side also announced that they would not postpone the Olympics as many other major tournaments did.

Determination of the Japanese

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics non-delay announcement was made by the IOC following an extraordinary online meeting with international sports federations. The IOC also urges athletes to continue their preparations to compete at the Olympics, and at the same time expresses their belief that the Covid-19 pandemic will soon be under control thanks to the efforts of governments around the world.

Earlier this week, during a meeting of leaders in the G7 group, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also affirmed that the Tokyo Olympics will still take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020 as scheduled. Mr Abe’s statement came after US President Donald Trump suggested postponing the Tokyo Olympics until the summer of 2021.

Thus, the Japanese leaders and the IOC ensure that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will still take place, not be delayed like many other major sports tournaments this year, typically EURO 2020.

The Japanese words show the toughness and determination, as Mr. Shinzo Abe said, the organization of the 2020 Olympics in accordance with the plan reflects the spirit of overcoming the epidemic of humanity.

However, overcoming a pandemic is not possible just by shouting slogans. The Tokyo Olympics will welcome more than 11,000 athletes from 209 countries and territories, with the current COVID-19 pandemic, although the host country has invested heavily in infrastructure and medical equipment. However, the risk of infection remains enormous.

The Olympic Village is very easy to become a “prey” for the nCoV virus, not only infecting athletes but also turning them into “carriers” bringing the epidemic back to their country. The risk is even greater as most sports crews will travel to Japan by plane, currently considered the leading Covid-19 infection environment.

This is why many elite athletes in the world do not want to attend the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Kevin Mayer, a French athlete who holds the world record in triathlon, said that he really wanted the tournament to postpone to a safer timing.