Tokyo had no choice but to postpone their 2020 Olympic games with the current global pandemic climate. But pushing it into 2021 hasn’t solved all their problems, if any at all. When the virus will no longer be a threat is still very much unknown, and considering how prevalent it’s been over the last few months, it’s looking unlikely to go away anytime soon.
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But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stated that it refuses to delay the Olympic games past the summer of 2021, so it looks like Tokyo has no choice but to push ahead. Tokyo Olymmpics 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto admitted that they have to brace themselves for a “limited” audience, but have no intention of having an empty stadium, by any means.
Against the Public’s Wishes
This week, Toshiro Muto told the public that they’re considering relaxed entry requirements for athletes. Immigration regulations and quarantine procedures will likely be looser than usual, with athletes trying to enter Japan earlier than would normally be expected. “If a vaccine is ready, that will be a benefit, but we’re not saying we can’t hold the event without it – it’s not a precondition,” Toshiro revealed.
Protests took place this summer on the day that the Olympic games were supposed to start, against postponing the Olympics only until next year. What was once excitment in the nation at the prospect of hosting the games quickly turned into fear and dislike.
Coronavirus cases are still on the rise, and the prospect of a huge wave of tourism in as little as a few months sends shivers down locals’ spines. With increasing public pressure, and the decision to go ahead with the games whatever the state of the pandemic, only time will tell what the outcome will be.