Majority sporting Nations such as Australia and Canada quit the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Monday as the organizers face the Global pressure to postpone the games due to the coronavirus crisis for the first time in their 124 your history of the Tokyo games.
The huge sum of amount is at stake for sponsors and broadcasters. Athletes are facing huge problems to train in gyms, stadiums swimming pools as they all are closed around the world due to the coronavirus lockdown appears to be leading to the cancellation of other major sports events.
The International Olympic Committee IOC and Japanese Government have decided after weeks of discussion that the games would go ahead, announcing a month-long consultation over other situations, including postponement. The Olympics have never been put to delay, though they were canceled altogether in 1916, 1940, 1944 during the World Wars, and Cold War boycotts disrupted the Moscow and Los Angeles games in 1980, 1984, respectively.
Canada and Australia both made an open announcement, which said they would not participate in the games if the games were not put back in the upcoming year that is 2021. “We are in the midst of a Global Health crisis that is far more significant than sports” was the statement was given by Canada Olympic Committee (COC) and Paralympic Committee (CPC).
The athletes have their positive attitude to train and prepare themselves. Still, the stress and inconvenience faced by them have been extremely challenging, says Australia’s Olympics Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman. Paralympic athletes were considered at particular risk from the epidemic, given some had underlying health problems and issues. More than 14,600 people have died globally due to the spread of coronavirus.
Russia consoled global sporting authorities to not panic over the Olympics, and US President Donald Trump showed confidence in Japan’s government to make the proper call. But a group of other Nations claimed to ask for a quick decision from the IOC which is led by its powerful President Thomas Bach, a German lawyer, and former Olympic fencing champion.
Athletes did support for the postponement but were actually sad too. “Competing in the Olympics has been my main and my number one goal, but I totally support this decision of the postponement, and I commend our leadership for taking a stand,” tweeted by Canadian tennis player Gabriela Dabrowski. A dissented American, 400 meters hurdles champion Sage Watson called Canada’s move premature. Monday’s announcement followed by growing pressure from which stakeholders, including the US Track and Field, UK athletics, and other National Olympic Committees.
Japan’s government has no option except going to be bowing to the inevitable despite the losses and logistics happening through the threat and crisis and the situations it would face. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said to the Parliament that if holding the event was too hard, then we would have no option but to consider postponing. He has staked his legacy on the games and was hoping for a blast in tourism and consumer spending. Both Japan and IOC have stressed that calling off the games entirely is not at all an option, but also finding a new date could be complicated as the summer 2021 calendar is already crowded with a lot many schedules , while 2022 will see the soccer World Cup and the Beijing Winter Olympics.
The postponement could lead major fall to the IOC’s prestige after weeks of saying the Games would go ahead as usual as per the plan. Many athletes already felt disrespected and disappointed during the Russian scandal when Bach ensured Russians could carry on competing.