The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially announced the Tokyo Olympics will be postponed to next year and will be held no later than summer 2021.
The International Olympic Committee officially announced on Tuesday that President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Sindzo agreed to postpone next year's Tokyo Olympics by telephone. Mori Josiro, head of the organizing committee, Hasimoto Seiko, Minister for the Olympics, Koike Juriko, Governor of Tokyo, and John Coates, Head of the IOC Coordination Board, Christophe De Kepper and Christophe Dubi, Sports Director, joined the discussion.
“We asked President Bach to consider a delay of about one year to allow athletes to compete under the best conditions and to keep spectators safe,” Abe told reporters.
“The new date for the Olympics has not yet been announced, and the Tokyo organizing committee will propose it,” Bach told the German news agency dpa. – The latest date may be next summer. In this situation, the protection of human life is paramount, and money does not matter. Postponement could cost the hosts billions of extra costs. I hope that next year, at the Olympics, we can also celebrate humanity and the defeat of the epidemic. “
According to experts, the deferral will cost Japan 670 billion yen ($ 1.9 trillion). The calculation was published by Makino Junicsi, a senior economist at brokerage firm SMBC Nikko Securities, while Mijamoto Kacuhiro, a retired professor at Kansai University, posted about $ 640.8 billion in similar results.
However, Mihály Muszbek, a sports economist who speaks to the People's Word, believes that the economist in charge does not speculate on the possible losses of his postponement, as very little information is available to calculate this.
“Participating countries may have the potential to suffer from the cancellation of airline tickets, but as the Olympics are not delayed but delayed, the organizers and the IOC will not lose any revenue, but will only receive these amounts later. A responsible decision has been made, the IOC has significant financial reserves and is not upset by the postponement of the Games. Protecting health is more important than economic interests, ”said Muszek.
The Népszava also succeeded in addressing László Szabó, President of the Hungarian Paralympic Committee (MPB), who reported to our newspaper that they had held a video conference for athletes on Tuesday morning, but did not yet know that they would postpone the Olympics, don't worry about the news, everyone is preparing for the paralympics in full intensity.
Just one hour after the IOC's decision, the International Paralympic Committee announced the postponement of the Paralympics, and the new situation poses a number of challenges for the MPB.
“First of all, I have to say that a responsible, good decision was made, there would be no fair competition in the current circumstances, 77 qualifying fights were missed due to the coronavirus, 41 of which were Hungarian athletes, but I did not feel well either. in my skin, if I had to take responsibility for the healthy return of members of a delegation of more than seventy members this summer, the sports chief stressed. “At the same time, we have a lot to do now, we need to console our frustrated coaches, athletes, get rid of costs, cancel flights, and it may take weeks, months for the consequences of this decision to be fixed,” Szabó said.
The MPB president also said that next year the World Para-Lifter Championships would be in Eger, but the fate of the event will depend on when the games are replaced.
“It is certain that the original schedule will remain, so the Paralympics will come three weeks after the Olympics, but I do not know when that will happen, I personally would have liked to have postponed the Games to 2022,” he added.
As one of the last Mohicans of Hungarian sport, Attila Bíró and his leading European Championship bronze medal women's water polo team prepared for the Olympics. “The girls were shocked by the news because they are in good shape, but we all accepted it and we thought it was the best decision we could not do, but at least now we have to adjust,” the federal captain summarized players feelings. He said that, in the professional sense, there was still a “sufni tuning” preparation, because the Olympic qualifier had no specific date, so the top form was not accurately portrayed. Sure, the national team is facing a qualifying Olympic qualifier, but because of the epidemic, the qualifier was shut down, where girls would otherwise have had a good chance of qualifying for the Olympics.
The question is, what can they expect now? “It would have been good to get over it and get to the Olympics, but I think it will be even better for the national team tomorrow. As one of the youngest teams in the field, he has tremendous potential and is very progressive. The girls said they were a little calm, because at least now they have something to adjust to. The worst part was the uncertainty when we did not know exactly what the future would bring, what we needed to prepare for. ”
The decision to postpone may have come as little surprise, as in recent weeks, after a series of postponements of sports events, more and more Olympic committees have indicated that this would be the best solution.
Canada was the first to announce on Sunday that it would boycott the event if the games were held at the original time. For a long time, despite increasing pressure, the IOC's position was that there was no need to make hasty decisions, that in May it might be enough to decide on a possible change, and Japanese organizers also regularly insisted on sticking to the original date. Thomas Bach, however, said on Sunday that the decision would be made within four weeks, and Abe Sindzo responded on Monday for the first time about a possible postponement. On Tuesday, the Reuters news agency said it would decide the fate of the Olympics within days. The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee has said it played a major role in accelerating the events, saying that postponement was the best solution. Not only is the United States the most successful nation in the history of modern Olympics, but it also provides more than half of the IOC's revenue through television royalties and sponsorships.
Despite the postponement, the title of the competition remains unchanged and next year's Games will be called the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. XXXII. Summer Olympics would have been held between July 24th and August 9th.
Postponement has never been
There has never been a postponement in the 124-year history of modern-day toys. It was canceled five times: during the First World War, the Berlin Games of 1916 were left behind, then during the Second World War, the 1940s, originally destined for Tokyo, then Helsinki, and the London 1944 and 1940s. Sapporo and the 1944 Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics were not held.