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Tokyo Olympic Games: When Are They And Will They Go Ahead Despite Covid?


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The Tokyo Olympics are set to begin next month, despite a rise in the number of Covid cases in Japan.

Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto is “100%” certain the Games will go ahead despite the state of emergency in the city.

When and where are the Olympics?

They were postponed last year due to Kovid.

The Olympics consists of 33 competitions and 339 events, held at 42 venues. The Paralympics consists of 539 events in 22 sports across 21 venues.

Most are in the Greater Tokyo area. Some football games and marathons are held in Sapporo, Hokkaido, which also has a state of emergency.

What is happening with Kovid in Japan?

But a new wave of infections began in April and some areas faced restrictions until June 20.

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What are the COVID measures for the Olympics?

Organizers will wait until the state of emergency ends in Tokyo on June 19 to decide whether local fans can participate.

International athletes and support staff will be tested before departure and upon arrival in Japan.

They will not have to quarantine but must live in bubbles and avoid mingling with the locals.

Athletes are not required to be vaccinated, although IOC officials expect around 80% to be. The participants will be tested for COVID daily.

Do people in Japan want the Olympics?

Several cities prepared to host athletes have reportedly pulled out over fears that the Covid could spread and put pressure on the health system.

In May, a doctors’ union told the government that it was “impossible” to hold the Games given the pandemic – and the Asahi Shimbun called for their cancellation.

What did the representatives of the athletes say?

Several bodies and experts have expressed concern.

Japanese athletes have kept a largely low profile, but the country’s biggest sports star, tennis champion Naomi Osaka, said it should be debated.

media caption‘If people aren’t feeling safe, it’s really a big cause for concern’

What have other countries said about participating?

No major country has raised its voice against sports.

Team GB is “fully committed to sending its full team to the Tokyo Olympic Games”.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has also pledged his support. China is scheduled to host the next Winter Games in February 2022.

Could the Olympics be cancelled?

Yes, but generally only in very exceptional circumstances such as war or civil disorder.

The contract between the IOC and the host city Tokyo makes it clear that only the IOC can cancel the event.

The IOC is believed to make about 70% of its money from broadcast rights and 18% from sponsorships. If the Games don’t go ahead, it could seriously damage its finances and the future of the Olympics.

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image CaptionMany people in Japan are against the Olympics

If Tokyo were to break and cancel the contract, the risk and loss would fall on the Japanese side.

The budget for Tokyo 2020 was set at $12.6bn (£8.9bn), although it is reported that the actual cost could be double that.

Even if the Olympics were heavily insured, the losses would be high.

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