With the coronavirus pandemic, the United States has increased its emphasis on the call for a delay in the Tokyo Olympics, and organizers of the New Zealand Olympics are seeking a quick decision to allow teams to reset and prepare for delayed games.
The Sankei newspaper reported that the Japanese government is negotiating with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the Olympic Games for up to a year, which will be the first time in the 124 years of modern Olympic Games history.
The Japanese government says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will call the International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach on Tuesday at 1100 GMT. On Monday, Dick Pound, a former board member of the International Olympic Committee, said the Swiss agency appeared to have decided to postpone the event by about a year because of the virus.
According to Reuters statistics, as of Tuesday morning, the disease has infected more than 377,000 cases in 194 countries and regions around the world, and the death toll associated with the virus has exceeded 16,500. Efforts to contain it have led to major travel, business and social restrictions, and have also disrupted many athletes' preparations for the Olympics.
Major sports powerhouses Canada and Australia have stated that they will not send teams to Tokyo if the Olympics take place this year as scheduled. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says it has listened to athletes' feedback and is encouraged by a smoother extension.
"The most important conclusion we have drawn from the responses of the majority of athletes is that even by the end of the summer, major current health problems can be alleviated, and the huge disruption to the training environment, doping control and identification processes cannot be overcome in a satisfactory manner. , "USOPC said in a statement on Monday.
The United States is by far the most successful country in the history of the modern Summer Olympics, and rights transactions with American broadcaster NBC for television broadcasts of the Olympic Games account for 50% to 70% of the IOC's annual revenue.
New Zealand Olympic organizers have also come out in support of the delay. "We fully support the current steps to postpone the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This decision needs to be made quickly to provide certainty for athletes, coaches and support staff, which will allow them to focus on their health at this critical moment, while at the same time Reset and recalibrate Tokyo. "
Given the crowded global sporting event schedule and other business considerations, any delays will face significant logistical difficulties. However, with stadiums, gymnasiums, and swimming pools closed worldwide, athletes have been training hard, and their fears seem to be exacerbating balance while cancelling other major sports events.
World Athletics said on Monday that they are willing to move the 2021 World Championships, scheduled to be held in Eugene, Oregon, from August 6th to 15th, clearing the way for the 2021 Olympics. Japan and the International Olympic Committee have stated that a complete cancellation of the Olympics is not feasible. Pound told Reuters that a one-year delay seemed to be the best solution. This means that the Olympic Games are scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 24. 9. It is likely to be held in the summer of 2021.
"This is my conclusion (will be postponed)," Pound said in a telephone interview. The delay in the Olympics will be a heavy blow to host country Japan, which has attracted more than $ 12 billion in investment, and sponsors and broadcasters are also facing Huge amount of money. Sankei said that a poll shows that about 70% of Japanese people think that postponing the Olympics is appropriate.
Despite being cancelled in 1916, 1940, and 1944 during the two world wars, the Olympics were never postponed. The main boycott of the Cold War also disrupted the 1980 and 1984 Moscow and Los Angeles Olympics.