The cancellation of the world’s greatest sporting mega-event because of coronavirus is unprecedented in peacetime.
Huge numbers of sporting events around the globe have been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the granddaddy of the global sporting events,the Olympics Games,which was originally set for the summer to take place in Tokyo from 24th of July to 9th of August will now join them.
The International Olympics committee has said the Tokyo Olympics will now take place in 2021. They said to had rescheduled to a date beyond 2020,but no later than summer 2021,to safeguard the health of the athletes and everyone involved in the Olympics due to the outbreak of the deadly virus.
The committee agreed that the Olympics Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympics flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. They noted that the committee would put in study the different scenarios regarding bthe future of the 2020 Games but that cancellation was “on the agenda”.
The Olympics are huge,both in the numbers of people involved and in the billions of dollars spent. More than 11000 athletes from 206 countries had been hoping to compete in 339 events. Many thousands more were planning to work in some parts of the games,from food to souvenir vendors to hotel clerks to trainers and coaches. NBC had been set to broadcast the games in the US,even offering a dedicated streaming Olympics package for those who want to watch as much as possible,with no ads. As evidenced by the fact that tickets sold out last July, thousands more were planning to watch the events,whether traveling from across the town or across the planet.
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This would affect lots of sectors in different economics across the globe. The insurance industry which would suddenly face thousands of milions of pounds worth of claims from broadcasters, advertisers, sponsors, hotels, and of course the organizers themselves,would try to claw back some of the losses they would incur.
The athletes,women and men who have spent years dreaming and training for the Games. For many,Tokyo will be their only chance of experiencing the Olympics.