Masked passengers enter the Shinkansen waiting area at Shinkansen station in Tokyo, Japan, on June 30. Xinhua News Agency
The postponed Tokyo Olympic Games will be held on July 23, 2021, with 33 major events and 339 minor events. First finance reporter learned from the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee that the Olympic Organizing Committee will release a short film at 8:00 p.m. on July 23 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the delayed countdown to the Olympic Games. The above-mentioned activities are not open to the public. The participants are only staff of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and media reporters.
Chen zilei, vice president of the national Japan Economic Association and director of the Japan economic center of Shanghai University of international business and economics, said in an interview with the first finance and economics reporter that whether the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games can be held smoothly is not only determined by the epidemic prevention situation in Japan, but also depends on the global epidemic prevention at that time.
Since the extension was confirmed at the end of March, the Tokyo organizing committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the International Olympic Committee are still striving for the smooth holding of the Olympic Games. Tokyo Olympic Games will not be cancelled, this is the belief that the organizers of the Olympic Games have been emphasizing in recent months.
Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, once stressed: the Tokyo Olympic Games is a great opportunity for Japan and the Olympic movement all over the world. If all goes well, the Olympics will be the first worldwide gathering after the outbreak. We hope that next years Olympic Games will be a milestone for the whole world.
Among the Japanese people, in addition to the regret of the postponement of the Olympic Games, now more is the fading of Olympic enthusiasm.
According to a survey released by Kyodo News Agency last month, 51.7% of respondents believed that the Olympic Games should not be held next year, and 46% hoped that the Games would be held as scheduled. Among those who objected, 27.7% thought that the Olympic Games should be cancelled and 24% thought that the Olympic Games should be postponed again because of the epidemic situation. According to the latest poll in July, 77% of respondents thought that the Olympic Games could not be held smoothly next year.
According to the latest NHK poll, 31% of respondents believe that the Olympic Games should be cancelled and 35% believe that the games should be postponed again.
For the organizers, the most difficult problem is undoubtedly the funding problem, which once became a topic that no one, from the International Olympic Committee to the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, wanted to touch on.
According to the data released by the accounting Procuratorate (BOM), Japans top audit body, the total government expenditure on 340 projects related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympics was 1.06 trillion yen (about 69.2 billion yuan) between fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2018. The organizers have yet to disclose how much the cost of a years delay has increased.
But under the impact of the epidemic, sponsors have become hesitant from their previous complacency. At present, the Olympic Organizing Committee has given sponsors a vague renewal bill: additional funds are expected to reach hundreds of billions of yen. BOCOGs response to first finance showed that at a time of uncertainty, our sponsors are very cooperative with the requirements of IOC in ensuring health and safety. We very much hope to continue to work with them to ensure the smooth opening of the Olympic Games.
Since July, Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee (BOCOG), and Secretary General Takeo minaro have successively visited gold medal partners and other contract signing enterprises to ask for additional sponsorship fees. As the overall situation of funds is still unclear, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee has not specified the specific burden of each enterprise. According to the original plan, the contracts of the sponsors of the Tokyo Olympic Games will expire at the end of the year. However, in the event that the event may be slimmed down on a large scale due to the epidemic, whether to renew the contract has become a difficult problem for the sponsors mentioned above.
At present, the only more gratifying is that the venues and the schedule have been basically finalized. On July 24, 2021, at 8:30 a.m., the womens shooting 10m air rifle final will become the first gold medal event of this Olympic Games. Of course, BOCOG also said that the current schedule is still likely to be adjusted.
Epidemic prevention and organizational challenges
Today, the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic that has swept the world is still showing no signs of easing. According to Johns Hopkins University data, as of 6:35 Beijing time on the 23rd, more than 15 million cases have been confirmed and 620000 deaths have been recorded. Countries and pharmaceutical giants are also increasing the research and development of vaccines. The Japanese government has previously said it plans to start vaccinating all its staff with the new crown vaccine in the first half of 2021.
This is probably the first time that a major international sports event has had a head-on collision with a public health event. Although the previous Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, also attracted much attention due to Zika virus, it still withstood the pressure of all parties and held smoothly. The Tokyo Olympics were less fortunate.
Epidemic prevention has been integrated into all aspects of preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The novel coronavirus pneumonia response team has been set up in both the local governments of Tokyo and the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, and the epidemic prevention has been mentioned prominently on the schedule.
The latest news on the 22nd is that the Japanese government is also considering further relaxing entry restrictions to facilitate foreign athletes to prepare for the war in Japan. Up to now, Japan still forbids the entry of 129 countries and regions.
People travel in Tokyo wearing masks. Information from Xinhua News Agency
Of course, PCR is one of the necessary conditions for entry. However, some Japanese media are worried that the detection reagent can not ensure 100% accuracy, and it will be a major test for Japans epidemic prevention when the athletes and their entourage crowd in. At present, the epidemic situation in Japan has a rebound trend. 22, Japan reported novel coronavirus pneumonia confirmed cases in 748 cases, the largest increase since the outbreak of the single day. In Tokyo, the worst affected city, more than 300 cases were added on the 23rd, and more than 100 cases were added for the 15th consecutive day, and more than 10000 cases were confirmed.
In addition, for foreign athletes who are in urgent need of training to adapt to the Japanese competition environment, it is not realistic to carry out two-week immigration quarantine. The Olympic Village, which can accommodate 11000 Olympic athletes, 4400 Paralympic athletes and entourage, also faces the problem of epidemic prevention. How to avoid the clustering of infection events in the Olympic village is also a reality that the organizers must consider. After all, according to the current setup, athletes need to share a room for two, share a restaurant and a bus to the stadium.
In addition, in the highly interactive games such as basketball, volleyball and baseball, it is also uncertain whether these new rules in the post epidemic era can be strictly implemented in the games. At present, the Japanese Swimming Association has asked athletes to keep a distance of at least one meter in the pool and avoid unnecessary conversation. At the same time, the coach cant make a loud noise or use a whistle to direct. The Olympic organizers said that the spectators, contestants, media reporters, volunteers, officials, etc. can do the corresponding monitoring work in the stadium, but once out of the stadium, it can not guarantee the whereabouts of the above groups, which also brings challenges to the epidemic prevention work. According to the latest statement made by the Secretary General of the Olympic Organizing Committee, minro Wuteng, the Secretary General of the Olympic Organizing Committee, will begin to discuss the countermeasures against the new epidemic situation in September, and the details are expected to be released by the end of the year. (Intern Xiao Xia also contributed to this article) source: Guo Chenqi, editor in charge of first finance and Economics_ NBJ9931
In addition, in the highly interactive games such as basketball, volleyball and baseball, it is also uncertain whether these new rules in the post epidemic era can be strictly implemented in the games. At present, the Japanese Swimming Association has asked athletes to keep a distance of at least one meter in the pool and avoid unnecessary conversation. At the same time, the coach cant make a loud noise or use a whistle to direct.
The Olympic organizers said that the spectators, contestants, media reporters, volunteers, officials, etc. can do the corresponding monitoring work in the stadium, but once out of the stadium, it can not guarantee the whereabouts of the above groups, which also brings challenges to the epidemic prevention work. According to the latest statement made by the Secretary General of the Olympic Organizing Committee, minro Wuteng, the Secretary General of the Olympic Organizing Committee, will begin to discuss the countermeasures against the new epidemic situation in September, and the details are expected to be released by the end of the year.