Shake it then, shake it now, shake it forever
The games will go on.
That’s the message from the International Olympic Committee at the start of a two-day meeting with organizers of the 2020 games in Tokyo.
“I would like to make it clear again that we are not considering a cancellation or postponement of the games. Let me make that clear,” organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori told top IOC officials in Tokyo on Thursday.
The IOC always tries to put the best spin on things, but it cannot stage the Olympics in Tokyo if the local Organizing Committee backs out or if the Japanese Government prohibits the competition.Entire post
The IOC remains fully committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with more than four months to go before the Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage; and any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.
The IOC encourages all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as best they can. We will keep supporting the athletes by consulting with them and their respective NOCs, and by providing them with the latest information and developments, which are accessible for athletes worldwide on the Athlete365 website and via their respective NOCs and IFs.
Stefanidi's tweetIOC member Hayley Wickenheiser called the decision to proceed with the Games “insensitive and irresponsible” in the most vocal attack on the Olympic body since President Thomas Bach took over in 2013.
“This crisis is bigger than even the Olympics,” Wickenheiser said in a statement on Twitter. “Athletes can’t train. Attendees can’t travel plan. Sponsors and marketers can’t market with a degree of sensitivity.
Several athletes, including reigning Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi, said the IOC decision was putting athletes’ health at risk, urging them to train as normal when entire countries have shut down to contain the ***** spread.
“There is no postponement, no cancellation. But it (the IOC) is putting us at risk,” Stefanidi said in an interview with Reuters.
“We all want Tokyo to happen but what is the Plan B if it does not happen?
“The IOC is committed to finding a solution with the least negative impact for the athletes, while protecting the integrity of the competition and the athletes’ health.
“No solution will be ideal in this situation, and this is why we are counting on the responsibility and solidarity of the athletes.”
Why don't they postpone it until next summer? That way an Olympics is still held and it gives more planning time.I agree with the people who say that the IOC is being insensitive and unrealistic. If all the facilities are closed, there is a limited amount people can do by themselves. It's just not realistic to think athletes are going to be ready in 4 months.
I can't see it happening this summer at all - and so many of the athletes are having their training disrupted so what would be the point. Delaying it until the Autumn would be hugely problematic - so delaying until next year makes the most sense. We'll have to wait and see.Why don't they postpone it until next summer? That way an Olympics is still held and it gives more planning time.
Yes, true, but they’re learning more about this terrible ***** each and every day. Researchers are working feverishly to find a vaccine that works to combat the ********. So I remain hopeful!May countries already in their Summer have the ***** now, so not so sure it will
There is no way that a vaccine is ready by the time the Olympics roll around. And even by some miracle it were ready, athletes have to train. Most are stuck at home right now just like everyone else, so I'm assuming that the disruption to their training schedule has already been harmful. Maybe they could still catch up to the time that was lost if there was a vaccine in the next couple of weeks but that's not going to happen.Yes, true, but they’re learning more about this terrible ***** each and every day. Researchers are working feverishly to find a vaccine that works to combat the ********. So I remain hopeful!
That's great - for the northern hemisphere. There's a whole heap of countries that are just coming into cold-and-flu season, autumn and winter. And unlike the Winter Olympics, most of those countries' Summer Olympic athletes will train in their home country.The summer months could make a difference re *********-19. There is not enough information yet as to how the ***** will behave, but any talk about cancelling the Summer O's is very premature.