The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC member Dick Pound said on Monday, as a window slowly began to open that would allow the showcase to be staged next year.
This is inaccurate. Sponsors were starting to pull out and I’m willing to bet CocaCola’s recent Olympic commercial stoppage has sent a very clear message.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said in newspaper USA Today.
Yeah, the money is drying up.
Japan and the IOC have said calling off the games entirely is not an option.
The amount invested by the Japanese tax payers into these games is already $107 USD per resident. Yeah … the government isn’t willing to lose a re-election by letting the opposition run with that tidbit.
Pound said a large number of stakeholders from the organizing committee, to athletes to broadcasters and sporting federations would all need to be consulted before a plan could be finalized but there were early signs of a willingness to accommodate a 2021 Summer Games.
They can coordinate that in a matter of months? Interesting.
Japanese authorities seemed to be bowing to the inevitable, despite the losses and logistics headaches it would entail.
The last time the Japanese authorities bowed to the inevitable, WWII came to an end.