Promoted to be the inevitable choice to win the Olympic venues seven and a half years ago.
“Reliability is a key factor,” said Craig Reedie, the vice president of the International Olympic Committee, after a vote in Buenos Aires in 2013.
On Wednesday, 100 days after the postponed opening of the Olympics, there seemed to be no certain news. Despite the increase in COVID-19 cases, frequent scandals, and strong opposition from the Japanese people to hosting the Expo, the organizers and the International Olympic Committee themselves are determined to move forward.
The Olympic Games held in Tokyo in 1964 was a showcase of Japan’s rapid recovery after its defeat in World War II. The new Olympic experience in the Japanese capital will be marked by footnotes.
Of course the athletes will do their best, but the goal of the Olympics will be rather humble: stick to it, prevent the game from getting out of control, and arouse national pride, because everyone knows that few countries except Japan will do this .
Dr. Gill Steel, a professor of political science at Kyoto Doshisha University, explained in an e-mail: “The government understands the way the world views Japan.” “Canceling the Olympics will be regarded as international to some extent. Public failure on stage.”
At the start of the Olympics on July 23, prices will be high.
According to official data, this cost is $15.4 billion. It is difficult to track expenditures in this situation, but some government audits have shown that, in fact, the above figures will double.
Except for 6.7 billion euros, the rest will correspond to public funds.
The Swiss-based International Olympic Committee generates 91% of its revenue through the sale of broadcasting rights and sponsorship. This means that there will be at least $5 billion in the four-year cycle, but due to delays, revenue flows from networks like NBC in the US have slowed.
What achievements will Tokyo achieve in the 17-day sports competition?
Fans from other countries are prohibited from participating. Tourism activities are almost paralyzed. Even the locals could not seize this opportunity to join the party.
Athletes are required to be late, leave early, and abide by a long list of rules during their stay.
Due to the bribery scandal, plan changes, and sexist remarks made by the leaders of the organizing committee, this has also paid a reputational price for Japan and the International Olympic Committee.
The International Olympic Committee is betting that Tokyo will be a distracting place, “the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel”, the closing ceremony will be held six months before the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics, and it is currently facing the threat of boycott.
Various opinion polls show that as many as 80% of Japanese people agree to cancel or postpone the Olympics. Many scientists objected.
Dr. Norio Sugaya, an infectious disease expert at Yokohama Keikyu Hospital, told the Associated Press: “It is prudent not to host the Olympics due to the huge risks.”
Japan’s vaccination campaign is still in its infancy, with low-dose vaccination before the inauguration ceremony. Tokyo has just raised its “alert level” and made another wave of predictions on the opening day.
In Japan, approximately 9,500 deaths are attributed to COVID-19. Compared with other parts of the world, this number is considered good, but below the standard of most Asian countries.
What impact will the entry of 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and thousands of leaders, judges and news envoys from more than 200 countries and regions have?
“Japan’s stakes are high. Sugaya warned that Japan is a dangerous place and it is not safe at all.