Grappling With Coronavirus, Tokyo Olympic Leaders Have No Good Options

2012 Summer Olympics, Coronavirus, International Olympic Committee, Japan, Tokyo

The I.O.C. and the organizers in Tokyo have alternatives to holding the Olympics this summer in Japan. They just aren’t very appealing.

2012 Summer Olympics, Coronavirus


With just under five months to go before the scheduled opening of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo , organizers are grappling with the coronavirus outbreak, which is threatening to derail the world’s largest sporting event

The I.O.C. and the organizers in Tokyo have alternatives to holding the Olympics this summer in Japan . They just aren’t very appealing.

, and is probably transmitted through sneezes, coughs and contaminated surfaces. Scientists have estimated that each infected person could spread it to somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures. Who is working to contain the virus? The World Health Organization officials have been working with officials in China, where growth has slowed. But this week, as confirmed cases spiked on two continents, experts warned that the world is not ready for a major outbreak . People across the Olympic world have begun to ponder, then, what might happen if the coronavirus has not been brought under control before the summer. “I’m sure somewhere within the walls of the I.O.C. headquarters there’s a big board with various scenarios on it where people are thinking about, ‘OK, what do we do in a worst-case situation?” said Dick Pound, a longtime I.O.C. member. There are options, of course, according to people like Burns who have worked with the Olympics for decades. None are very appealing. Moving the Games One theoretical solution involves moving the Olympics to a different locale — perhaps a city that has recently hosted the Games, like London, or one that might be gearing up to, like Los Angeles. It has happened with other major sports events. The 2003 Women’s World Cup was relocated from China to the United States during the outbreak of SARS . But the Women’s World Cup, particularly back then, was a considerably smaller event in scope than the Olympics, with far fewer traveling fans, athletes, sponsors and media members. And in general, stadiums that can accommodate soccer, the world’s most popular sport, are easy to find. Venues that can host surfing, sailing, equestrian dressage and track cycling? Less so. Olympic host cities block out rooms in countless hotels. They reserve high-profile venues, generate public safety and transportation plans, and deal with a host of other logistical and legal issues years in advance, in anticipation of tens of thousands of visitors. “Who could put on an event the size and scope of the Olympic Games even beginning today, five months out?” Pound said. “Nobody, realistically.” There is also the question of whether it would even make sense amid a viral epidemic to have thousands of people from around the world congregate in another city and then return to their homes. Yasuyuki Kato, professor of infectious diseases at the International University of Health and Welfare in Narita, Japan, noted that the Games could act as “a hub to disseminate the virus to other countries.” Canceling the Games The Olympics have been canceled outright three times — in 1916, 1940 and 1944 — during the world wars. The prospect of a cancellation now, when so many parties have invested billions of dollars and years of labor — and have legal contracts — seems almost unthinkable. Broadcasters have carved out huge programming blocks, and marketers have built campaigns meant to culminate in Tokyo. Athletes have trained for years to appear on that stage. “I’ll tell you who definitely doesn’t want to cancel is NBC,” said Jules Boykoff, a professor of politics and an expert on Olympic history at Pacific University in Oregon. “They have put billions into the rights to these Olympics. There will be serious disgruntlement from those who have power. They will insist that the Games go on.” A spokesman for NBC said, “The safety of our employees is always our top priority, but there is no impact on our preparations at this time.” The spread of viruses can be suppressed in warmer months, and Melissa Nolan, an expert on infectious diseases at the University of South Carolina, said “most predictions estimate we’ll see a major decline by July.” But Pound said he believed any decision to cancel or modify the Games would have to be initiated by late May. Asked about Pound’s comments, Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said they were “not the official view of the I.O.C.” And the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, responding to questions from The New York Times, said that it was “not considering canceling.” Postponing the Games In 2001, days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, organizers of the Ryder Cup, a team golf competition between the United States and Europe that was historically staged in odd-numbered years, decided to postpone the event for 12 months after top golfers like Tiger Woods expressed concern about flying . To accommodate the change, the Presidents Cup, a team golf competition that had been staged in even-numbered years, was also pushed back a year, to 2003. A similar but more complicated sort of rejiggering would be required if the Olympics were to be postponed by a few months or a full year. Pushing the Games to the summer of 2021 would put them in direct conflict with world championship events in several sports, which would most likely have to be moved as well. Holding the Games just a few months later would put them in direct competition with a host of other professional sports competitions that would not move to accommodate them. For example, while N.B.A. basketball players are available in July, they are not available in October. In addition, NBC is busy with football in the fall, while its summer programming is largely dedicated to the Olympics. “Olympic parties don’t want to host Olympic Games in the middle of the N.F.L. football season for obvious financial reasons,” Burns said. Athletes Only With few good options, organizers could be forced to get creative. One way to satisfy broadcasters could be to hold the events behind closed doors, a nod to the reality that most fans watch the Games on television. But it’s unclear whether public safety concerns would be addressed if thousands of athletes, coaches and staff members from around the world were still congregating in competition venues. Or could the Olympics go on in Tokyo as planned — with, perhaps, travel from certain countries barred, screening zones in every venue and public space, and plenty of hand sanitizer and masks on hand? At some point, though, such an event might not feel like the Olympics, which is supposed to be a peaceful celebration of people from more than 200 countries. Can the Olympics be the Olympics without majestic opening and closing ceremonies in packed stadiums, or if events are spread out across multiple cities? The questions may grow louder as the virus spreads further. “It’s unusual, it’s unprecedented, it’s a complex issue,” Burns said, “and if something indeed happens, it will have a complex solution.” Advertisement Read more: The New York Times

The Olympic committee should have a plan b location. They have enough time Get Face Mask Against Corona Virus Now, Protect Yourself From All Viruses: priorities, sporting event or managing pandemic Looks like a doomsday clock Would guess more people will enter US from all over the World today alone than will visit Japan for Olympics.

It’s striking how the financial commitment of the advertisers brands and NBC seems to be driving the decision making process, isn’t it? Cancel it. If the epidemic does not show signs of containment or there is no vaccine, the only way is to cancel the Olympics2020 Otherwise it will be like a tool of biological warfare spreading the disease everywhere!

Coronavirus could leave only 3 months to decide fate of Tokyo Olympics, IOC member saysThe modern Olympics dating from 1896 have only been cancelled during wartime, and faced boycotts in 1976 in Montreal, in 1980 in Moscow and 1984 in Los Angeles. Uh, we're looking at 15% of the world's population (120 million people) being wiped out by summer. I don't think anyone is going to be thinking about the Olympics at that time. The way it is spreading it certainly be canceled. Priorities people. Options is obvious,

Will Coronavirus Threaten the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?The Tokyo Marathon was cancelled to the public because of the Coronavirus . Now, the IOC and event organizers are waiting to make a call on the Games.

Japan Rejects Possible Tokyo Olympics Cancellation Amid Coronavirus Threat Japan ese officials have rejected the possible Tokyo Olympics cancellation amid the coronavirus threat by lisettevoytko lisettevoytko Why not cancel it though? That's literally going to spread the virus even worse than now! lisettevoytko The decision - Gobs of money or the health and lives of the Japanese people - what gets priority? lisettevoytko (muffled) 'Let the Games Go On!'

Japan Rejects Possible Tokyo Olympics Cancellation Amid Coronavirus Threat'We would like to prepare steadily for the event,” Japan ’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga told parliament.

The Tokyo Olympics Could *Possibly* Be Canceled Because Of Coronavirus But All Everyone Can Talk About Is 'Dick Pound'Dick Pound is back in the news again. Does that mean no olympics on the TV? Ooh a Plague Inc situation here

Tokyo organizers, IOC going ahead as planned with OlympicsA Japan ese government spokesman says organizers are going forward as planned with the Tokyo Olympics a day after an IOC veteran said a viral outbreak could lead to the games being canceled. By StephenWadeAP. StephenWadeAP Horse. Shit. Nobody’s canceling any Olympic Games. Clickbait. StephenWadeAP Zika 2 StephenWadeAP En aumento casos de coronavirus en España Contacto:

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