Tokyo Olympics 2020 are postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic as confirmed by the organizers. Olympics were to be started on 24th July this year.
Still things remains to be clear about the exact schedule and timings of Tokyo Olympics. Also, certain details such as if the games will be held in regular mode or behind closed doors are yet to be confirmed.
“Today, we are able to report that we have confirmed both the competition schedule and the use of all venues originally planned for this year, including the venue for the athletes village and the main press centre,” said Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto.
Muto also said all of the 42 venues have been secured, overcoming one of the biggest hurdles for organisers as many had already been booked for 2021. This means the marathon and race walking events will remain in the northern city of Sapporo after being controversially moved out of Tokyo because of summer heat.
The question that still looms in the mind of general public is how many people will be able travel and attend the games live in Tokyo.
“This is of course one of the scenarios we have to look into because this has to do with travel restrictions and quarantine and it’s too early to tell,” said IOC president Thomas Bach, speaking from the organisation’s headquarters in Lausanne. “We would like to see stadiums full of enthusiastic fans to give them all the opportunity to live the Olympic experience support the athletes, and this is what we are working for.
“We cannot address the details yet …There cannot be a solution today, this is asking too much.”
The next challenge for Tokyo organisers is developing measures to help prevent a Covid-19 outbreak during the Games and how much the delay will cost Japanese taxpayers. Muto said decisions would be made on these issues in the autumn. “We will be having a full-fledged discussion over Covid-19 countermeasures,” he said.
But, as an example, the topics and themes we may discuss are immigration control, enhanced testing structures and the establishment of treatment systems and measures against COVID-19 in the areas of accommodation and transport.”