Officials persevere in their belief that the Tokyo Olympic Games will proceed in July however the scenario is presently beyond anybodies manage
I t was a scene that might have been directed by Cecil B DeMille. On the stillest of Thursday early mornings in Olympia, on the website of the ancient Games in Greece, a female in conventional gown asked the gods for spiritual silence. She bowed down and utilized the sun’s rays to light the Olympic flame for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The event at the Temple of Hera, which is performed prior to every Olympics, marks the start of the torch relay. Whether the flame will reach its last location, Tokyo’s National Stadium, on 24 July is progressively in doubt.
For now the message from the International Olympic Committee is clear: the program will go on. As the IOC’s president, Thomas Bach, puts it: “We stay definitely in line with our Japanese hosts in our dedication to providing a safe Olympic Games in July this year. There is no strategy B.”
But Bach is progressively swimming versus a raving tide. Sport after sport remains in lockdown. Federal governments are limiting mass events. And never ever in our life time have we had an infection rather like Covid-19.
Rifts about whether to stage the Games are likewise opening in Japan, where Shigeru Ishiba, a senior MP tipped as the follower to Shinzo Abe as prime minister, has actually cautioned the federal government to get ready for a worst-case situation. Haruyuki Takahashi, a member of the arranging committee’s executive board, recommended a post ponement of a couple of years would be the “most practical” method of guaranteeing the Games’ survival, including that a choice would need to be made by the end of April.
To many it appears unbelievable that the Games will happen in the present environment. Michael Payne, a previous senior marketing executive at the IOC, firmly insists that with the Games 19 weeks away there is no requirement to make a fast choice. “It’s method prematurely to presume that the Games are going to be cancelled since of the panic today,” he states. “The next couple of weeks are going to be hard. And I am not minimizing the severity of the infection. In 2 months’ time the scenario might look extremely various, particularly offered Japan and China appear to be over the worst of it.”