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Is the 2021 Tokyo olympics getting cancelled?

The olympics have been a yearly tradition where the world gets together to show their talent in sports. Last year Tokyo was chosen to be the hosting site of the 2020 summer olympics. However due to the pandemic, the olympics were postponed and was scheduled for the summer of 2021. The olympics have rarely been cancelled and have only cancelled during WW1 and WW2. Otherwise the olympics have been fairly constant. However, due to the pandemic, officials from both the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and the Japanese government have been discussing wether or not the 2021 olympics should be cancelled or postponed.

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A report in the Times of London set off the latest debate, with an unnamed senior member of Japan’s ruling coalition saying that the Japanese government had privately concluded the games will have to be canceled. “No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult, personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

After this statement the Japanese government responded and said that the reports were “categorically untrue.” “I am determined to realize a safe and secure Tokyo Games as proof that mankind will have overcome the virus.” Even though the pandemic has not gotten better they push to hold the olympics.

With recent speculation, many people believe that the main motive of keeping the 2021 olympics going is the loss in money. In 2020 when Tokyo was preparing for the olympics they spent an estimated 12.6 billion dollars. Later the postponing costed them an additional 22% making the total 15.4 billion dollars. Upon the huge loss they also lost an additional 6 billion in economic losses. To prepare for this event, Japan also cleaned up Fukushima which had a nuclear meltdown in 2011. The impressive cleaning totaled over 200 billion dollars and was planned to be the location of the 2020 torch ceremony. Without the Tokyo olympics, Japan would have spent most of this money for nothing.

Sadly, without a decrease in covid cases around the world, many officials believe that the olympics would have no choice but to cancel. Many countries are also deciding wether or not they will be sending their athletes to Tokyo during the summer. With high hopes of a successful vaccine rollout everyone can hope for a better situation by then.

Sources: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-disaster-water/in-an-olympic-year-japan-faces-decision-over-contaminated-fukushima-water-idUSKBN1ZK0CV
https://www.vox.com/22244218/olympics-tokyo-2021-coronavirus-canceled-postponed

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