is now Tokyo twenty-
one, and that’s it.
As someone who enjoys the spectacle of the Olympics every four years, I’m still glad to see they have been postponed due to the global pandemic we know as the coronavirus, though the decision on this very important issue should not have taken so long, when the evidence was right there. Of course, money is involved as neither side, the Japanese organisers nor the IOC wanted to be the ones to pull out of the contract first. Money is always involved in big sporting occasions of course so there’s no surprise there but most sporting organisations overseeing their respective sports are complying because they know that public health is far more important. I think the IOC had its hand forced by Canada who stated they would not be sending Team Canada if the games went ahead as scheduled. I think Australia were about to follow suit while other countries were probably considering it if not urging postponement by a few months (it will take a lot longer than that). Well done Canada for taking such a firm stance. Japan itself is quite high in the list of countries with the most cases, if not deaths, from this. We’ve seen the order of this list changes pretty quickly but Japan has been up there all along. It’s a no-brainer really.
How could athletes who are not really in a position to complete their training or attend warm-up events as it is possibly concentrate and focus on their Olympic goals once it began? They wouldn’t even be able to fly there in the first place. I have no idea how disappointing this must be for the athletes concerned but we have all faced obstacles to achieving our goals, and this one is no ordinary obstacle! I wish the athletes the best when the games do come around, especially the new or lesser-known athletes trying to make their name against the big guns.
In any case, Japan needs to focus on its own fight against the virus and if possible, send help to any countries who might need the necessary equipment, especially what’s called PPE – Personal Protective Equipment – which many countries’ health departments and facilities are currently short of (and can barely afford to purchase sufficient units of without help) because they are overwhelmed by this virus. Imagine the countries with already weak health care systems and then add the ‘weight’ of this virus. Japan has already helped China and vice versa – which will no doubt also help to improve relations between the two countries.
This is a worrying time worldwide economically of course. People are out of work and self-employed people are struggling as the companies they provide a service to are probably going out of business or have a lot less business to give them. The OGs are really not a priority at all, nor should any sporting event be at this time.