Fans or no fans? Tokyo Olympic organizers still mum
Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee (TOGOC) President Yoshiro Mori, left, and CEO Toshiro Muto speak to the media after their video conference with IOC President Thomas Bach at the TOGOC headquarters in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. The IOC and organizers in Japan repeatedly insisted on Wednesday there is no Plan B for the Tokyo Games, which were already postponed by one year during the coronavirus pandemic. (Takashi Aoyama/Pool Photo via AP)TOKYO – One of the biggest unanswered questions about the Tokyo Olympics deals with fans. Mori described his call with Bach — accompanied by Tokyo CEO Toshiro Muto — as a kind of pep talk. “President Bach gave us his strong stance, and it was a great encouragement to us,” Mori said.
IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic
The Olympic rings are seen at the empty Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The Tokyo Games, postponed in the midst of a pandemic, are scheduled to open on July 23. The rollout at Olympic headquarters in Switzerland is planned for Feb. 4, with Tokyo likely to present on Feb. 5. The World Health Organization said earlier this week that Olympic athletes should not be a priority ahead of health care workers, the elderly and the vulnerable. The president of the Japan Medical Association sounded a warning last week when asked about the Olympics and possible patients from abroad.
Tokyo Olympic Q&A: Officials try to explain how games happen
(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO – With calls for a cancellation mounting, pressure is building on Japanese organizers and the IOC to explain exactly how they plan to hold the Tokyo Olympics in the midst of a pandemic. Tokyo and Japan have seen a virus surge in the last few months, and much of the country is under an emergency order. A: They are guidebooks that will be aimed at athletes and others — sponsors, officials, media and broadcasters — to explain about entering Japan for the Olympics. Q: How is the Japanese medical community and scientific community reacting to the prospect of having the Olympics? Lastly, China is to hold the Beijing Winter Olympics just six months after Tokyo ends.
Tokyo Olympics Q&A: 6 months out and murmurs of cancellation
A man walks by the logo of Tokyo Olympic Games planned to start in the summer of 2021, in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Tokyo organizers have no public program planned to mark the milestone. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO – The Tokyo Olympics are to open in six months on July 23 and organizers have no public program planned to mark the milestone. A: A key is the billions already “sunk” into the event, and the income Tokyo will generate for the IOC. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is framing the Olympics as “a proof of human victory against the coronavirus.”Q: Will these Olympics look different?
US, New Zealand join calls for Tokyo Games to be postponed
The Olympic Rings pictured in front of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on March 22, 2020. The United States added its significant weight to calls for the Tokyo Games to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with New Zealand Olympic organisers seeking a swift decision to allow teams to reset and prepare for a delayed event. The Sankei newspaper reported Japan's government is negotiating with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the Games by up to a year, in what would be a first in the Olympics' 124-year modern history. Efforts to contain it have led to major travel, commercial and social restrictions, which have also disrupted many athletes' preparations for the Games. The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee said it had listened to feedback from athletes and was encouraged by a clearer path towards postponement.cnbc.com
Coronavirus could force cancellation of Tokyo Olympics, IOC member says
People wearing protective face masks are seen before a rehearsal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay in Hamura, outskirts of Tokyo, Japan February 15, 2020. If the IOC decides the games cannot go forward as scheduled in Tokyo, "you're probably looking at a cancellation," he said. "As far as we all know, you're going to be in Tokyo," Pound said. "It would be tough to get the kind of blanket coverage that people expect around the Olympic Games," Pound said. Pound said the future of the Tokyo Games is largely out of the IOC's hands and depends on the course the virus takes.cnbc.com