Without an audience, the Summer Olympics will be followed by massive economic losses – Japan will be offered compassion and, if successful, respect for the race arrangements in exceptional circumstances.
International the IOC decision of the Olympic Committee was generally described as “safe” when Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in a September vote in 2013. Tokyo hosted the Games for the first time in 1964, and the Winter Olympics have also been held twice in Japan.
Istanbul was left in silver in the decisive ballot.
Week before the start of the year-postponed olympics, hardly anyone feels safe. Now, there is no talk of bulging organizational costs, not the environmental burden of the Games, but a health threat as the coronavirus delta variant spreads globally.
The Japanese had to get extra cleanliness from the Games to repair the devastation caused by the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear accident, and a stimulus for economic hardship. Now, citizens who are widely opposed to holding the Games are experiencing a fear of interest and feel that the IOC is forcing Tokyo to host the Games.
Despite the public closure, tens of thousands of foreigners travel to Japan.
Coronary pandemic has postponed the Games, incurring huge additional costs, complicating arrangements and killing the indirect revenues of the Games. President of the Finnish Olympic Committee Mikko Salonen thinks Tokyo and the Japanese still have a win over the Games.
“Japan wants to show that it is possible to organize competitions there and be able to do it in a safe way in these exceptional circumstances,” Salonen estimates.
The 1964 Tokyo Games witnessed Japan’s rise from the war and supported the country’s well-accelerated economic growth.
The Tokyo 2020 Games were to showcase the reconstruction of Fukushima, push the economy and promote Japanese technological know-how. This view disappeared when the audience had to be shut down from the Games.
“Closing the public will result in a big price tag, but it shows that health safety is now a priority,” Salonen continues.
“I don’t see a confrontation between the IOC and the organizers here, because Japan wants to host the Games and offer athletes a chance at the Summer Olympics after a five-year hiatus.”
German lawyer Thomas Bach was elected President of the IOC at the same session in Buenos Aires where Tokyo won the 2020 Olympics.
Bach has received his dose of criticism from those who believe that the IOC is forcing the Tokyo Games in the midst of a corona pandemic through its television and cooperation agreements, i.e. on economic grounds.
Salonen emphasizes the Agenda 2020 action plan introduced during Bach’s term, which curbs the costs of the Games and emphasizes human rights, responsibility and sustainable development.
“The action plan with its additions is already in the process and partially implemented.”
Winter races 2022 will be held in Beijing. Paris will bring the 2024 Summer Games to Europe, and Olympic sports will continue in Western democracies until the end of the decade.
“I dare say that the Olympic Games are developing in a sustainable way in a responsible direction,” Salonen assesses the future prospects of the Olympics.
The repair movement has begun, but the IOC will only bend to visible translations for the time required by the duration of the race arrangements. At the same time, the IOC is in competition with climate and general attitudinal change.