Tokyo National arena will hold another one-year countdown to the Tokyo Olympic Games.
At 7:00 p.m. Beijing time, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee will release a short film at the national arena to commemorate the first anniversary of the countdown to the Tokyo Olympic Games. On July 24, 2019, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee held an event to mark the first anniversary of the countdown to the Tokyo Olympic Games. However, the Olympic Games, which were originally opened tomorrow, were finally postponed for one year due to the epidemic.
Compared with last year, the countdown activities of BOCOG this year are low-key and simple. Under the epidemic situation, the preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games are full of uncertainty. The publics enthusiasm for the Tokyo Olympic Games as scheduled continues to decline, the admission policy has not been finalized, and the huge additional costs brought about by the delay are all the problems to be solved in the future.
The publics enthusiasm for the Tokyo Olympic Games as scheduled declined
On July 24, 2019, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee held the one-year countdown to the Tokyo Olympic Games. As an important node in the preparation of the Tokyo Olympic Games, the one-year countdown is very important. In that countdown, the Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Olympic Games announced the medal design and launched the recruitment of Olympic torch bearers.
But the novel coronavirus pneumonia has completely disrupted the preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games. On March 24, the International Olympic Committee announced that the Tokyo Olympic Games would be postponed for one year. Four months later, the Tokyo Olympic Games again ushered in the countdown to the first anniversary, which is the first time in the history of the 100 year Olympic Games to hold two countdown anniversary activities for one Olympic Games.
Under the epidemic situation, the Organizing Committee for the Tokyo Olympic Games said in early June that it was obviously inappropriate to hold a large-scale event for the first anniversary of the countdown. Of course, such an important time node should always be properly commemorated. Several major venues of the Tokyo Olympic Games will be lit up tonight to commemorate the event. The lights will be blue before 8:00 and the Olympic rings will be shining from 8:00 to 10:00.
At the same time, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee will release a memorial video at the national arena at 8:00 local time, aiming to inspire athletes all over the world, and to pay tribute and thanks to all those who supported the Tokyo Olympic Games and the medical staff who have made efforts to fight the epidemic.
The epidemic continues to spread around the world, and no one knows when it will recover or whether the Tokyo Olympics will be held next year. Former Olympic minister and vice chairman of the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games has previously said that whether the Tokyo Olympic Games can be held as scheduled will not be decided until March next year.
At present, Japan is facing another wave of epidemic impact after the lifting of the emergency declaration. Novel coronavirus pneumonia confirmed in Japan in July 22nd was 795, according to Japanese media reports, creating a new high of a single day. In Tokyo, 238 people were newly diagnosed on July 22, and the cumulative number of infected people has reached 10054. Tokyo governor Koichi baihezi yesterday asked the public to prepare for the second wave of the epidemic, improve the epidemic prevention and countermeasures, and try to avoid going out.
As the first summer Olympic Games held in Japan in 56 years, the Japanese people once had great enthusiasm for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, but this enthusiasm is being gradually consumed by the epidemic. According to the preliminary results of a survey conducted by the Japan Foundation volunteer support center on July 22, nearly 80% of the volunteers feel very uneasy or somewhat uneasy about hosting the Tokyo Olympic Games next year.
According to a telephone public opinion survey conducted from July 17 to 19, only 23.9% believed that the Tokyo Olympic Games should be held next summer, 36.4% answered should be postponed again, and 33.7% said should be cancelled. In other words, 70.1% of Japanese people do not support the continuation of the Tokyo Olympics next summer.
In early July, daisako Koike was elected governor of Tokyo again. Materials and pictures
After the 136th session of the International Olympic Committee on July 17, President Bach of the International Olympic Committee was also asked about his views on the results of the public opinion survey in Japan. He refuted the fact that he was re elected as governor of Tokyo with a high vote of Koichi. He wrote the promotion of the Olympic Games into his campaign commitment, and other candidates who called for the suspension and re extension of the Olympic Games won very few votes. The victory of Koike showed Japan What the people think.
On July 5, daisako Koike was re elected as governor of Tokyo, and she was also one of the only major candidates to support the Tokyo Olympics as scheduled. Like Bach, Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Tokyo Olympic Games, also said that daisako Koikes re-election shows that everyone still supports the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Tokyo Olympics will not be held in the form of an empty court
Four months after the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Olympic Games finally solved two major problems before the first anniversary of the countdown: first, it will use all the venues and facilities originally planned; second, it has finalized the competition schedule of all the events of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
After these two problems are solved, there is still a lot of work for the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee. Before that, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee agreed to simplify the Olympic Games, including reducing the scale of the opening and closing ceremonies and reducing the number of spectators.
As of mid March this year, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee has sold 4.48 million Olympic tickets and 970000 Paralympic Games tickets. After the Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed for one year, the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games stated for the first time that the sold tickets could be used next year.
However, in view of the spread of the epidemic and international travel restrictions, a large part of the spectators who have already bought tickets will not be able to go to Japan next year. After determining the new schedule, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee said it would start to refund tickets after autumn.
When it is impossible to judge when the epidemic is over, whether and how many spectators are allowed to enter the stadium has become a headache for the IOC and the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. At present, the only agreement reached between the two sides is that it will not be carried out empty.
After the 136th session of the International Olympic Committee on July 17, Bach said that he was working with Japan to discuss various plans for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Reducing the number of spectators should be one of the plans. However, it is not what the International Olympic Committee is willing to see if it is held in the form of no audience. On the one hand, we should ensure the safety of all participants, staff and spectators, and at the same time, we should show the Olympic spirit.
Yoshiro Mori also said that Tokyo Olympic Games can not be carried out in the way of no audience, the Olympic Games is a sports event, to let all citizens have resonance. Yoshiro Mori also revealed that if both the Japanese government and Tokyo judge the need to reduce the audience at the strategy meeting set up in September, the BOCOG will have to discuss it.
As for the plans to reduce the scale of the opening ceremony, the International Olympic Committee has not made a clear statement at present. Bach holds a cautious attitude on this issue. For athletes and the people of the world, the opening ceremony is a grand event once in a lifetime. I believe novel coronavirus pneumonia can be found to reflect the Olympic spirit and cope with the right balance in the era of new crown pneumonia.
Previously, it was reported that the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee will limit the scale of the opening ceremony of each delegation, but Mori said there is no conclusion at present, if athletes want to participate, then we cant say no.
Senior IOC member Ezra Pound supports the Tokyo Olympic Games to reduce the size of the opening and closing ceremonies and reduce the audience, symbolic opening ceremony has a way to reduce the scale without weakening the overall value. But pound also said it was not in line with the nature of the games that the Tokyo Olympics would be held with only Japanese spectators.
According to a survey, only 12% of sponsors of the Tokyo Olympics have made it clear that they will extend their sponsorship contracts.
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BOCOG seeks additional fees from sponsors
According to Japanese media reports, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee (BOCOG) has recently begun to ask sponsors of the Tokyo Olympic Games to increase sponsorship fees in response to the delay of hundreds of billions of yen.
In March this year, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government announced that the Tokyo Olympic Games had been postponed for one year due to the epidemic situation, and the postponement of the Olympic Games also brought huge additional costs. Although the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government did not give specific figures, Japan estimated that the additional costs could reach hundreds of billion yen (100 billion yen is about 6.5 billion yuan).
The Secretary General of the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, Takeo minoro, said earlier that the additional costs would be refined in the autumn, and that the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee would discuss with the Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on the sharing of funds.
At present, the sponsor system of the Tokyo Olympic Games is divided into four categories, with a total of 80 sponsoring enterprises. The first level is the International Olympic Committees global partners. There are 14 sponsors of this level. There are 15 gold medal partners in the second tier, 32 official partners in the third tier, and 19 technical support partners in the last tier. According to the data previously released by the International Olympic Committee, the amount of sponsorship proposed by the last three sponsors for the Tokyo Olympic Games exceeded 3.3 billion US dollars.
Since this month, Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, and Secretary General Takeo minoro have visited 15 gold medal partners in person, asking for additional fees. However, due to the delay, the specific amount of additional expenses is not clear, and the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee has not put forward specific additional sponsorship amount to enterprises.
According to previous contracts, the sponsorship contracts between the companies and the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee will expire at the end of the year. In May this year, the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) issued a questionnaire to sponsors who signed up with the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee. Of the 57 questionnaires received, 12% of the sponsors said they would extend their contracts and 65% had not made up their minds. More than half of these enterprises said that their financial situation was greatly affected by the epidemic, and some enterprises were worried that next years Olympic Games would not be held smoothly.
At present, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee have reached an agreement to simplify the hosting of the Olympic Games. BOCOG hopes to reduce the additional cost to the minimum scale, and hopes to get the understanding and support of the sponsors. Once the scale is reduced, it will affect the propaganda effect of the sponsor enterprises. In addition, if the Tokyo Olympics cannot be held next year, the sponsors will lose a lot.