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Japan PM Abe says postponing Tokyo Olympics an option

source: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-pm-abe-says-postponing-tokyo-olympics-an-option

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TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday (March 23) that postponing the Tokyo Olympic Games may become an option if holding the event in "complete form" became impossible.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Sunday after an emergency meeting that it is stepping up its “scenario planning” for the Tokyo 2020 Games – including a possible postponement – as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.  

Mr Abe said the IOC decision on Sunday was in line with the view that the Tokyo Games should be held in its complete form.  

“If that becomes difficult, we may have no option but to consider postponing the Games” given the Olympics’ principle of putting the health of athletes first, he told parliament.  

Mr Abe also said cancelling the Games was not an option. He said he had conveyed his views about the fate of the Olympics to Tokyo Games chief Yoshiro Mori on Sunday evening, who then discussed the issue with IOC President Thomas Bach.

 
 
 
 
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Woah. this will be a logistical nightmare and financial downturn to Japan economic. Shag. But I guess they are doing the right thing.

On a side note, lucky I never buy any Olympics merchandise. 😬

 

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Posted (edited)

that is the ONLY option ...

Euro 2020 is cancelled 

NBA season is cancelled

how to hold Olympic where the rest of the world still combatting corona

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A lot of major sports events have been cancelled or postponed. Olympics should be no exception.

Granted that Olympics is the 2nd most watched sporting event in the World (football WC is the 1st) and so lots of $, logistics will have to be sacrificed but this is an unprecedented situation so I hope the organisers will be sensible in doing the right thing.

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Seems Canada has decided to pull out of the Olympics if it was still on. If more countries do so, the organisers would have no choice but to postpone it.

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Until now they still dont know want to cancel Olympics or not?

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Poor thing. Spent so much money liao.

I think the Olympics are different from Euro2020 or NBA sason although they are all major sporting events. They are hosting a world event, almost all of the countries globally. From food to accommodation to logistics. To them canceling the event is devastating. Delaying will also cost them but maybe not as much as canceling.

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Most athletes cannot get flight to Japan how 🤣🤣

This kuku still bury head in sand

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Can you blame them? The last time they hosted the games was in 1964...it's a generation ago. After this most may not be able to witness it again.

What we called, "die die must see". LoL...

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To borrow a phrase from our great former Minister of Health...

...is anyone going to commit Hara-Kiri? 😁

 

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All their advertising and souvenir goods can throw away liao

 

 

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1 hour ago, Mockngbrd said:

All their advertising and souvenir goods can throw away liao

 

 

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Good point... cannot postpone

Let them have all our covid patients to watch their games... how many they need to fill a stadium ah?

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Just read that postponing the games would be a logistical nightmare with almost no window to slot the games in.

Summer of 2021 has both World Swimming Championships (July), World Athletics Championships (August) and Euro Football Championships (June-July).

Carl Lewis suggested to hold it in 2022 so that it will be a celebratory Olympic year with the Winter games due in Beijing that year as well. The football WC will be held in Dec 2022 instead of the normal June-July period so this idea by Lewis is a possibility. But can the Olympians wait 2 years?

Pushing to Autumn of this year goes smack into the typhoon season as last year's Rugby WC found out to its cost. So again this might not be feasible and anyway, Autumn might be too soon.

Headache.....

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6 minutes ago, Mockngbrd said:

2024 lo

That means 1 game missing n to World Class Athletes, 4 years as an eternity and they may be passed their peak.

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2 hours ago, Mockngbrd said:

All their advertising and souvenir goods can throw away liao

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Given the weird thinking of people in this present era, souvenir bearing "2020 Olympic" may become a collector items if the game is postponed to another year...:serious-business::XD:

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