In an interview this week with Japanese sports daily Nikkan Sports, the Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said that the games will not be postponed a second time if COVID 19 continues to remain a threat in 2021 and that they will be scrapped. Yoshiro Mori compared the pandemic to a war between humanity and Coronavirus with coronavirus being an invisible enemy. The Japan Medical Association (JMA) chief Yoshitake Yokokura told reporters during a briefing, “I would not say that they should not be held, but it would be exceedingly difficult”.
The 2020 Olympic Games were originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. And until the second week of March, the Olympic officials assured that there would not be any postponement. However, as the COVID 19 situation worsened with each passing day, some countries, Canada and Australia, to name a few, started announcing that they will be dropping out of the Games. This led to the International Olympic Committee reviewing the situation and it was announced that the 2020 Olympics will be postponed to July 2021. This is the first time the Olympic Games have been postponed.
Right now, the situation is as undeterminable as ever. Some parts of the globe seem to be getting better while others’ conditions keep getting worse. With no vaccine in sight for COVID 19, there are speculations of how the pandemic could continue well into 2021. If that were to happen, the Olympic officials will have a call to make. They could either postpone the Olympics further, or they could cancel the 2020 Games altogether. Since their inception in 1896, the Olympics have only been cancelled three times and all those times the reasons were war-related. Hopefully, we will be able to contain the virus before next year and the Games will happen.