Original title: confidence rebounds, challenges remain
Six months after the countdown to the Tokyo Olympic Games, holding the games behind closed doors is & lt; the bottom line & gt;
January 23 is the six-month countdown anniversary of the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games. International Olympic Committee President Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Kan Yiwei have successively delivered speeches confirming that the Olympic Games will be held as scheduled, greatly reducing people’s anxiety about whether the Olympic Games can be held. However, many regions in Japan, including Tokyo, are still in a “state of emergency” under the epidemic situation; The Olympic Games still face great challenges.
Japan’s 11 prefectures are in a state of emergency
Bach 21, Japan’s Kyodo News Agency interview, said the Olympic Games will certainly be held. After entering 2021, Kan Yiwei has also stressed the determination of the Japanese government to support the timely holding of the Olympic Games five times. Even Dick Pound, a senior member of the Canadian International Olympic Committee who questioned the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month, changed his position, saying that the Tokyo Olympics could be held as scheduled. All these speeches have added great confidence to the holding of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Of course, in order to really dispel people’s doubts about the Olympic Games, Japan must first control the epidemic. After all, not long before the announcement of the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games in March last year, all parties were still claiming that the Olympic Games would be held as scheduled.
Japan has been hit by third waves of COVID-19 since last November, far more serious than before. The epidemic situation in Japan is the most serious in the capital circle with Tokyo as the center. From the beginning of January to now, 11 of the 47 prefectures in Japan have been in a state of emergency, and the deadline is February 7. Even Okinawa, the southernmost Prefecture, declared a state of emergency on the 19th.
Only 16% of the people want it to be held as scheduled
Recent opinion polls show that more than 80% of Japanese people support the cancellation or postponement of the Olympic Games, and only 16% want the games to be held as scheduled. Facing the three important tasks of hosting the Olympic Games, preventing epidemic, protecting economy and people’s livelihood, the Japanese government is facing a dilemma.
Regarding the Tokyo Olympic Games, Japan and the International Olympic Committee share the same interests on the whole, but there are also differences. These differences were once made public, for example, when it comes to the extra expenses after the Olympic Games were postponed. According to sporadic information disclosed by Mori after the postponement of the Olympic Games, in March last year, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee urgently transported the Olympic flame back to Japan from Greece, mainly worried that the International Olympic Committee might cancel the Tokyo Olympic Games.
In June last year, the International Olympic Committee discussed with the insurance companies about the compensation after the cancellation of the Olympic Games. It faced less pressure, and the economic loss caused by one year’s delay to Japan will reach 2.83 billion US dollars. If the Olympic Games are cancelled, it will not only increase the economic loss, but also have a huge impact on the international image of the host.
Nearly half of the seats in the preliminary round are still uncertain
There are more than 200 countries and regions participating in the Olympic Games. Now that the epidemic situation in the whole world is still unstable, it is a matter of great risk for more than 10000 athletes to gather in Tokyo from regions with different epidemic situations.
When the Olympic Games were postponed for one year, the training and competition of many athletes were greatly affected, and their attitude to participate in the Olympic Games was also different from that in the past. In addition, nearly half of the seats in various Olympic events have not yet been determined. In the case of uncontrollable epidemic situation, if the Olympic preliminary contest can not be carried out normally in the next few months, whether the seats of the competitors can be decided as soon as possible is also a big challenge for the Olympic Games.
Bach previously said in an interview that the primary task of the Tokyo Olympic Games is safety. As long as safety is guaranteed, there will be no taboo in other aspects. The outside world speculates that this may be suggesting that the Olympic Games can be held without spectators. Tokyo Olympic Games are developing in the direction of being held behind closed doors. According to pound, this is the “bottom line” of the Olympic Games;. As long as the Olympic Games can be carried out and transmitted to all parts of the world through television, even if there are no spectators at the scene of the games, Tokyo and the International Olympic Committee can minimize the losses.
According to the plan of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, the test event of the Olympic Games, which was cancelled last year, will be restarted on March 4. The first event is the preliminary competition of synchronized swimming for the Olympic Games of fina. Athletes from other countries and regions would have participated in this competition, but now Japan has almost completely banned foreigners from entering. If this test event can not be held normally, the Tokyo Olympic Games will face greater challenges.
21 times in the British times, Japanese officials were the source of the news. The Japanese government &ldquo, privately decided that the Tokyo Olympic Games would have to cancel the &rdquo because COVID-19 would have to cancel the Olympic Games in 2032. The Japanese government, the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games all stepped forward on the 22nd to deny the news.
Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, who is visiting Japan, said in an interview with Kyodo News Agency on the 21st that the Tokyo Olympic Games will definitely be held as scheduled this summer. Although the epidemic situation is serious, the International Olympic Committee has no plan B;. According to Xinhua News Agency