In July-August the Summer Olympics should have been held in Tokyo. This was obviously without taking into account the coronavirus pandemic and the containment measures that followed worldwide. If the Olympic Games have been postponed until 2021, the infrastructure built to accommodate the athletes could be used well before.
The Tokyo government is considering the possibility of converting the Olympic village into a temporary hospital. Originally planned to receive nearly 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes, the complex, which should have 24 buildings, could be used to care for victims of the coronavirus. The problem is that it is still under construction.
Yuriko Koike, the governor of the capital, said that the Olympic Village was simply “one of the options“Currently under study:”we talk about the places that are available, today or tomorrow, and we check the possibilities one by one“
Several billion lost
For this, it would still be necessary to have the agreement of the owners of the village. The latter is a joint venture made up of ten large companies and the city of Tokyo. The group said that no decision had yet been made on the future of the Olympic complex, in the sixteen months that now separate it from the holding of the next Olympics.
After the Olympic Games, however, the village's 5,600 apartments are expected to be renovated and sold, for prices between $ 500,000 and $ 2 million. Nearly 1,000 apartments are already on sale, or have even been sold.
It is estimated that postponing the Olympic Games to next year will cost between two and six billion dollars, largely offset by taxpayers' bills.
Another alternative considered by Governor Koike would be for the city of Tokyo to buy a hotel to house patients affected by the coronavirus. To date, Japan has 2,935 infected people on its territory, and 69 deaths linked to Covid-19.