After getting cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to happen from 23rd July 2021. This event is crucial not only for sportspersons and sports enthusiasts worldwide but also for the country itself.
The upcoming Olympics, which was cancelled due to unforeseen events, was supposed to be a comeback for Japan as it would be organised to show the world how it had recovered from the 2011 nuclear disaster that happened in Fukushima. In this article, we will be looking at the several challenges that the postponement has created for the organisers and apprise you with the latest updates regarding the most beloved sporting event worldwide.
Key Updates on Tokyo Olympics
The Olympic organisation committee is taking all steps to overcome the logistical challenges created due to the postponement and new issues created by the coronavirus pandemic and its attendant restrictions.
The opening ceremony will happen on July 23, 2021. The sporting events will happen for two weeks and end with the closing ceremony that will happen on 8 August 2021. The event is still known as Tokyo Olympics 2020. There will be more than 11,000 participants from more than 200 countries. The number of sporting events that will be held is 33.
How is the host decided?
A bidding procedure decides the host country of the Olympics. The countries that want to host the prestigious event are asked to submit their names to secure hosting rights.
The highest bidder wins and is allotted as the host. For the 2020 Olympics, Istanbul, Tokyo, and Madrid were the final bidders. Towards the end, the competition was between Istanbul and Tokyo, and Tokyo won because it had 60 votes while Istanbul only had 36.
Tokyo has already played host to the 1964 Olympics. It is one of the five cities that have had the honour of hosting the event more than once. The venues for the next two Olympics have also already been decided. The 2024 Olympics will be held in Paris, and the 2028 Olympics will be held in LA.
Update Regarding the Sporting Events
This year’s Olympics has a total of 33 different sports. The number of sporting events that will happen is 339. This year there are new additions such as skateboarding, karate, surfing and sport climbing. These games will be played for the first time in the Olympics. Sports such as baseball and softball are also making a comeback.
The postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has come to impact each part of the event. There have been significant losses due to the cancellation of bookings in hotels, venues, games areas, and transportation. This move has even further accelerated the crisis that the hospitality industry has been facing due to a radical decrease in tourism.
The venues that were booked in advance for years have faced immense financial losses and will have to cancel other bookings to accommodate the new dates. There is uncertainty among people as well who are confused as to whether or not they will get refunds. The fact that the Olympics will still be held in the face of these bleak events has been seen as the victory of people over the devastating impacts of coronavirus.