“With or without the outbreak, the Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled next year.” It was the International Olympic Committee’s biggest shot at delaying the Tokyo Olympics for a year. The Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed by officials for a year since the end of March because of the new crown pneumonia outbreak, have been mired in an outbreak-related vortex. The once-controversial Olympics could be held on July 23 next year as scheduled because of repeated outbreaks around the world.
John Coates, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee, said recently: “The ‘Revival Olympics’ is the latest slogan put forward by the Tokyo Organizing Committee, and after Japan experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, overcoming the new crown pneumonia outbreak will now be the theme of the Conference, like the light at the end of the tunnel.” “
As of September 9, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of neo-crown pneumonia in Japan has exceeded 73,000, of which about 1,400 have died.
With Japan opening its borders further in September to allow some foreigners to enter the country, all sides are wary of a third wave of outbreaks.
The enthusiasm of the people retreated.
Despite Japan’s easing of its border policy in September, the travel ban on most countries remains in place. And to host large-scale sports events such as the Olympic Games, spectators, tourists can not come, will also make the game’s viewing greatly reduced.
In July, Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee chief executive Michiko Takeo said the 2021 Games would be streamlined, such as limiting the number of spectators, but avoiding a no-show mode; More than 11,000 athletes are scheduled to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, and with Japan still shutting down most countries, it is unclear how many will make it.
On the issue of vaccines, the Japanese government announced on September 8th that it would allocate 671.45 billion yen (about 43.2 billion yuan) from this year’s emergency budget reserves to buy a new coronary pneumonia vaccine. Japan has reached a vaccine supply agreement with two pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer of the United States and AstraZeneta of the United Kingdom, which will deliver the vaccine to Japan in the first half of 2021 if the vaccine is successfully developed. The Japanese government has previously said it wants to ensure that the first half of next year will be able to get the new crown vaccine, hoping to use it as a way to successfully host the Olympic Games to add a strong heart.
But for the Japanese, the passion for the Olympics is long gone. An online survey of 12,000 companies conducted by Tokyo-based pollsters showed that about 30 percent of the public clearly wanted the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled, while only 25 percent said they should continue to postpone the Games. It also means that more than half of the public either want to postpone the Olympics next July or cancel them al completely. However, the Japanese government has previously made it clear that it will not postpone a second Tokyo Olympics if it does not go smoothly.
Just last Friday, the Tokyo Organizing Committee held its first meeting with Japanese government officials and infectious disease experts to discuss how the Tokyo Olympics could be held in the event of an outbreak. After the meeting, Mr Takeo said: “Vaccines are not a necessary condition, this is my answer (in an interview with the media). The IOC and WHO have discussed this, not that the Olympics would not have been without a vaccine. Of course, we would appreciate it if we could develop a vaccine, which would be good news for the Tokyo Olympics, but if you ask me if this is a prerequisite, I will say no. “
The most expensive Summer Olympics ever?
The controversy that accompanied the outbreak was the rising cost of the Tokyo Olympics. How much will the Tokyo Olympics cost after being postponed for a year?
The Tokyo Olympics have become the most expensive Summer Games in history and costs will continue to rise, according to a new study by the University of Oxford. The report will be published on 15 September in the british bi-monthly journal Environment and Planning.
In an interview with US media, Bent Flyvbjerg, an economist at Oxford University’s Said Business School and lead author of the study, said the Tokyo Olympics had more than doubled its initial budget and that the cost of the delay would add billions of dollars.
According to the report, the cost of the Tokyo Olympics now amounts to $15.84 billion, surpassing the previous record for the Summer Games, which cost $14.95 billion at the 2012 London Games. This does not include the additional costs of the outbreak. When it won the right to host the Games in 2013, the Tokyo Capital Local Government estimated the cost of the 2020 Games at $7.3 billion. However, there has long been a debate about what factors should be included in the cost of the Olympics and which should not be included.
The result is Fu’s third study since the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. The study, which looked at the cost of the Olympics since 1960, found that while the IOC claimed the cost of the Games was being cut, it was not. He points out that the vast majority of Olympic host governments bear the costs of the big sporting event, while the IOC, which is due to bear the majority of the costs, contributes only a fraction of the cost.
The cost of stadium construction, road renovation, Olympic Village construction, volunteer training and security are all costs that must be covered for a successful Olympic Games. Mr Fu said his estimates were conservative because they did not include other costs such as debt, stadium operations and inflation. “The IOC has recently tried to control costs, but this effort has had little effect.” “Now, for the Tokyo Olympics, the public health costs of responding to the outbreak are unprecedented, ” Mr Fu said. “
It is worth noting that, at the current momentum, the Tokyo Olympics, which have already set a “sky-high bill”, are likely to surpass the 1976 Montreal Olympics in Canada as the “most costly Olympics” in history. The 1976 Montreal Olympics lost nearly $2 billion in total, according to a report by Oxford University, and the resulting debt has caused the city to continue to pay its debts for more than two decades.
Japanese media analysis, the latest statement of the International Olympic Committee actually shows that the Tokyo Olympic Games has now become a waiting for the IOC and the Japanese government to clean up the “difficult situation”, if not handled well, huge losses will not only have entered the worst recession since 1955, Japan’s economy worse, but also let the next Olympic Games into the embarrassment of no one dare to host.
(Intern Xiao Xia contributed to this article)