Japan govt. to spend $3.7 bil. on Tokyo Games .

Tanya Simon
January 22, 2021

There is "no Plan B" for the Tokyo Games, says International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who reaffirmed his commitment to holding the showpiece event this year in an interview with Kyodo News on Thursday.

The showpiece has already been subject to an unprecedented year-long postponement as a result of the crisis.

Even if the Games go ahead, full-contact sports like judo or wrestling will require more testing and attention to hygiene than other events, said Wada, who advises the government on pandemic response.

Japan has been less severely hit by the pandemic than many other advanced economies, but a recent surge in cases spurred it to close its borders to non-resident foreigners and declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and major cities.

Tokyo 2020 chiefs say another postponement is "absolutely impossible", meaning the Games will be cancelled if they can not go ahead this year.

Despite the optimism of the International Olympic Committee and organisers, virus experts say hosting the world's biggest sporting event during a once-in-a-century pandemic may be too big of a gamble. "They've got another month or so before they need to make a call", Mills told the BBC.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday that a new ministerial position has been created to ensure the smooth rollout of Japan's vaccination program.

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An opinion poll by Kyodo News earlier this month found that 80 percent of respondents want a cancellation or postponement of the games.

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"It's not just the infections in Tokyo, it's the infections in all the competing nations", Mills said. "Numerous competitors have underlying health conditions so flying around the world competing will be a challenge for them".

Around 11,000 athletes from 200 countries had initially been expected at the opening ceremony, the Yomiuri said.

It is not clear how travel restrictions might hit their participation as Japan's borders are now largely closed to foreign visitors.

Describing a cancellation as a "tragedy", Sir Keith said there would be a major financial impact for hundreds of national Olympic committees and sports federations, because "many of them rely nearly entirely on the money the Games generates".

In March a year ago, Pound predicted the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be postponed because of the coronavirus before the decision to push the games to 2021 was announced by the IOC and the organizing committee.

"So if you're running badminton somewhere in South America, suddenly your funding disappears and your sport is under significant threat so the knock-on effect of this - not just in Tokyo - but all around the world, shouldn't be underestimated".

In a telephone interview in July, the Canadian said that shutting out global spectators would run counter to the Olympics' cosmopolitan spirit, and it was not on the cards at the time.

French magistrates charge the head of Japan's Olympic committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, as they probe payments totalling $2.3 million made before and after Tokyo's nomination.

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