A woman walks past a countdown card for the Tokyo Games, with 123 days before the Olympics and 155 days until the Paralympic Games on Monday in Tokyo. Photo: VCG
2020 Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed until later in summer 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Tuesday [. 123] The unprecedented decision to postpone the Olympics triggers a complicated and costly exercise which involves tearing years of planning.
As a site specialist within games put, Olympic Games “revolve around a cycle … four years. If you réveillez and the sun is in a completely different place, there will be consequences. “
Much depends on the duration of any postponement, but shoehorning Olympics in what is already a packed sporting calendar in 2021, for example, will be a logistical nightmare for athletes, administrators and broadcasters.
A potential obstacle was removed after World Athletics said it was ready to move its world championships, scheduled for August 2021 in the United States for the Olympic Games.
swimming is also scheduled to hold its world championships in Japan from July 16 to August 1, 2021.
Added to the schedule is crowded European Football Championships, already postponed from 2020, 2021.
There are 43 Olympic venues – some temporary, some purpose-built, other requalified for the Tokyo Games – and all Tourlet present difficulties in case of postponement.
The IOC has highlighted that one of the main concerns, warning, “A number of critical sites required for the Games might not be available anymore. “
For example, one of the main points of the brand new Olympic Stadium selling 68,000 seats was that it would hold” cultural and sporting events “after the Games was over. Such an event would now need to be moved if it faces rescheduled games.
And it is not just sports facilities. the organisateurs have block booked the huge Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center to accommodate the thousands of international journalists covering the Games.
This is the first sites in Asia for organizing large-scale conferences, and is booked months in advance. Finding a suitable slot or persuade others to move could also be a challenge.
hangs major interrogation on the athletes’ village, which occupies a prime real estate overlooking Tokyo Bay with views on the roofs of the city and its famous Rainbow Bridge.
He will have 21 towers between 14 and 18 floors with a total capacity of 18,000 beds in the Olympic Games and 8000 Games for paralympiques.
the plan was to renovate and transform the village in thousands of luxury condos, which are sold or put up for rent.
According to the developer site Harumi flag, some 4,145 units were to be sold. Views and sale of the first batch of 940 flats began in summer 2019 and the vast majority have already been snapped up, according to Japanese media
Adjournment would mean delaying the process of renovation and uncertainty for those have already signed contracts – .. even if
would be called force majeure clauses
[123 ] Among the “many, many” challenges IOC reported, he stressed that “the situation with millions of nightslready booked in hotels is extremely difficult to manage. “
in fact, one of the concerns before the stroke of coronavirus was a possible shortage of hotel rooms was an idea to park a sea cruise ship for emergency accommodation -.. Now surely a non-starter given the experience with the cruise ships and the virus
hotel rooms have been block booked in advance for several months. many have paid a deposit in advance and could face losing that, in addition to having to quickly rebook a rescheduled date.
the hotel industry is also facing huge uncertainties if the Games are delayed, adding headache already asked by a catastrophic drop in tourism.
All the silver linings?
A postponement of a few months later in 2020 could resolve what had been the biggest concern in the Tokyo Olympics :. sweltering Japanese summer
It might even be possible to move back to Tokyo marathon after he was moved to the northern city of Sapporo amid fears about the safety of athletes in the summer heat and humidity of the Japanese capital.
However, allering before autumn also put the Olympics in prime typhoon season – as the Rugby World Cup has discovered to its cost last year
A delay could also give sports federationsmore time to prepare the qualifying events, addressing one. the main concerns expressed by athletes.