2020 is the year of the Tokyo Olympics, the world’s greatest sports carnival awaiting more than 110,00 athletes from 206 countries in 46 games. The Olympics is not only a traditional sports festival but, for the hosting country, it helps to boost their marketplace and head up their self-esteem and hospitality to the world nations. In 2020 Japan’s capital and one of Asia’s biggest cities, Tokyo was chosen to host the Summer Olympics. Japan is a rich and developed nation, they were well prepared for the proud moments of the Olympics since 2012; but everything went upside down from the first two months of 2020. The outburst of the COVID-19 virus from China turned everything in the first months of the year where Japan and the whole globe were critically struck by the virus.
The IOC (International Olympic Committee) voted to select the host city for the 2020 Olympics on 7th September 2013, and the Japanese Olympic Committee’s bid for Tokyo was picked over Istanbul and Madrid. Japan hosted the 1964 summer Olympics and winter Olympics of 1972 and 1988 and also co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup with South Korea. The Tokyo metropolitan government has commenced a fund of 400 billion Japanese Yen to meet the cost of hosting the Olympics. Infrastructure projects like Games Village, airports, railway lines, roads, etc are the major development projects carried out consuming billions of yen foreseeing the Olympic games. In October 2018 the board of audit issued a report stating that the total cost of venues could only exceed 25 billion dollars, which is approximately equal to 2500 billion Japanese yen.
COVID-19 spread swiftly in Japan, 381 cases of infection where 6 deaths were reported until 6th March 2020. The international cruise line, The Diamond Princess cruise ship that harbored in Yokohama port of Japan has 691 COVID-19 affected passengers, where 6 of them are dead. Japan’s schools and universities are closed and several major events are postponed, professional sports leagues like J1 league postponed or canceled their matches. The Olympics preparations are also affected by the COVID-19, Olympic torch relay, qualification matches, completion of the Olympic city critically struck by the COVID-19. Japan’s Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto’s comment on the last week was, Olympics could be held later in the year and would not have to start on July 24th as planned, and then the Paralympics fixture should be rescheduled and New York Times reported the WHO officials advised holding pubic viewers-free competitions with only officials and media to save the business.
Thomas Bach, president of IOC still shared hope and revealed there is no plan B, and games will take place in their allotted schedule whereas Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe insists games will go ahead on the schedule. Even though the virus spread out the globe, slowing down in China after 2 months giving hope to sports lovers. Chances to start the Olympics on the schedule are still uncertain. What we can expect is either a Summer Olympics in the winter or an 8k resolution Olympics telecast on NHK in empty stadiums.