The whole world is going through a tough phase. The Coronavirus pandemic is looming large on our heads. Although many countries have somewhat succeeded in controlling the pandemic, it has not been eradicated yet.
The COVID-19 outbreak caused major sporting events to be postponed including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 was scheduled to take place from 24th July to 9th August 2020. But due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Olympic games have been moved back by a year. The Olympics will now be held in 2021.
The Olympic games have never been delayed in its 124-year modern history, though it was cancelled altogether in 1916, 1940 and 1944 during the two world wars. Cold War boycotts disrupted the Moscow and Los Angeles Games in 1980 and 1984.
Now, a surprising poll result has come up. Japan’s Kyodo news agency said on Thursday that Tokyo Shoko Research conducted an online survey covering 12,857 companies. The result was 27.8 % want the Tokyo Games to be cancelled while 25.8% said the sporting event should be postponed again.
That means a combined 53.6 % of the responding firms are against holding the games from 23rd July to 8th August 2021, writes Xinhua news agency.
Japan has also been hit by a second wave of COVID-19 infections. The new confirmed cases increased by 1178 in the country and 339 in Tokyo.
If the situation continues, Tokyo won’t be able to host the Olympics even in 2021 and if the Olympics can’t be held even in 2021 then the whole event will have to be cancelled. So it’s a very complicated situation.
The Olympic organisers are going to held a meeting with the Japanese government and Tokyo Metropolitan government to sort things out and discuss ways to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.
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