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Tokyo Olympics Games: Should it go ahead? If so, could it be held across several countries?

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Posted by: TaylorCS

16th Feb 2021 10:19am

Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, insisted that the Games would go ahead in Tokyo as re-planned and promised that “we are not speculating about whether the Games are taking place, we are working on how the Games are taking place”.

However, many are calling to "Make the games global" to accommodate for the pandemic's challenges.

Simon Burton of The Guardian said "Spread events and athletes around the world, in every time zone, creating an Olympic marathon of 24-hour-a-day elite sport. Let Tokyo host as many events as it can safely handle and redistribute the remainder among the world’s greatest venues, from Wembley to Wrigley Field, and among nations unlikely to host a full Olympics, from Morocco to Moldova, Mexico to Malaysia. If Japan cannot host the Games in their entirety they should instead be celebrated in true Covid fashion, by people forced to be physically distant yet managing to feel united – a unity not of place but of purpose."

Do you think it should go ahead? What do you think of the idea that it could be a global event?

Comments 49

Captured
  • 21st Jul 2021 09:03am

With this newest Delta variant now hitting places harder than ever, i don't think it's a wise decision but i do understand that Japan has lots of money invested and this would be a huge reason to continue on with the games at any and all costs.
I have heard that quite a few athletes have backed down from competing and i completely understand and respect their decision. I think these games will be very different indeed and in some cases we may see some new up and coming athletes winning medals because the current champions have decided not to compete in these olympics.

Robyn
  • 21st May 2021 01:15pm

Yes, the 2020/21 Olympic Games in Tokyo should proceed as rescheduled this year. Huge investment by Japan and the qualifying athletes has occurred and should not be negated. I feel confident that the necessary health tests will be required and continual screenings throughout the games period will be maintained to protect all involved. The idea that it could be a global event is ludicrous and nullifies the official logo of the five rings (continents) uniting for this special event.

Sarah31416094
  • 9th Mar 2021 05:58pm

Considering there are so many sporting events that have continued to occur throughout the pandemic (e.g. tennis comps) I think it is understandable that the Olympics will continue to go ahead. I especially think it is viable if there are the correct measures in place to ensure that no one is put a risk; with this Japan has had an ample amount of time to ensure that they have the correct procedures in place.

Angieg
  • 9th Mar 2021 12:05am

With everything that has happened around the world with Covid, I don't agree with the Olympic Games going ahead until countries have a grip of the situation, without deaths and for time to heal/recover - it feels really distasteful and a wrong priority at the moment. Sport can wait until it is safe for all international travel again.

boppa99
  • 8th Mar 2021 01:51pm

I think the Tokyo games should only go ahead if the country has been vaccinated and from international passengers arriving or wait longer until the Global pandemic has slowed down

Ellie 30656027
  • 7th Mar 2021 08:26pm

Yes why not the main point of the Olympics is to compete against other countries. If anyone wants to watch and support they can view on tv.

Benji
  • 7th Mar 2021 05:00pm

I think it should go ahead in Tokyo. Most places I visited in Japan were extremely clean, everyone was very helpful and it is a beautiful place to visit. I think all events should be held in Japan and social distancing for spectators should be essential. Maybe trying to spread events and athletes all over the world could be a disaster
with people having to be tested for Covid and isolated if they are proven to be carriers. If the Olympics can't be held in Japan this year, for any reason, and including all infrastructure being ready on time they should be scheduled for 2024. The whole world looks forward to the Olympic Games as it is a sign of unity and those watching every event on tv will feel they are right there in Tokyo.

Aggedor
  • 7th Mar 2021 03:50pm

I think the Olympics should go ahead, but only in Tokyo as Japan has invested a lot of money in building facilities for the Olympics and have had to delay the games by a year already. However, I think there is merit in having future Olympics shared between several countries in order to reduce the cost and avoid having so many people in one city at the same time. Perhaps Australia/NZ, Britain/France/Germany, US/Canada etc could jointly host the games in future. Of course that would lead to disputes about which city would host the biggest events and the opening ceremony, but I think some sort of innovation is needed in future.

Bella4927
  • 7th Mar 2021 11:09am

I think it should be held across several countries so it is fair and there is no huge disadvantage due to travel bans, cost, etc; I dont want everyone traveliing to Australia and the possibility of a major re-infection as I dont see COVID going away ever.

bearman
  • 7th Mar 2021 03:29am

There would be too much chance for countries to cheat with times, drugs. Japan is not going to give up any games as they have paid to the Olympic committee for the right to host them in their entirety.
Until the world is fully vaccinated against COVID 19 countries should not be putting their elite sporting teams at risk. If Australia could not run the Australian open with out incident then how is Japan going to guarantee the games to be virus free.

jilln
  • 6th Mar 2021 08:09pm

It would be great if the Olympics could go ahead as the athletes have put a lot of effort into their training and it was sad it didn't go ahead in 2020. Also Japan has put a lot of money and infrastructure into it so for their sake it would be great. It would be a different sort of games with no audiences but with strict covid procedures in place and proof of vaccinations hopefully they can pull it off.

Marie-Clare
  • 6th Mar 2021 03:36pm

Yes it should go ahead-if it can be held Covid safe- why not! We need the world to return to some semblance of normality. We need events like Olympics for our mental health! If it needs to be held across a number of different countries that would be fine with me- as long as the Olympics goes ahead!

Radda
  • 5th Mar 2021 02:13pm

I would not be happy for this event to be held in 2021. The world's wounds are still bleeding from Covid, people's minds are still hurting and their mental and physical health is still poor. The world needs to heal from Covid first, we need to wait until there is some sort of stability in most of the countries and then celebrate or organise events on such a big scale. This is international and this is dangerous. Still...

Medha32087328
  • 5th Mar 2021 10:55am

I think the idea of a global event is excellent! We’d see the Olympics in a new way while still watching elite athletes in their sports. Countries with more lax covid restrictions such as Australia and New Zealand may also be well-equipped to host some larger events, since their covid cases are already low. It could be a great opportunity for people across the world to learn about Japanese culture too, if we choose to theme the Games as such.

Amu
  • 5th Mar 2021 10:53am

I think Tokyo Olympics should start in August, 2021 in Tokyo. Because what actually happened, it was due to be held in Japan last year i.e. 2020. But because of COVID-19 it was deferred this year. But you see, how far we can defer for corona disease. Now that COVID-19 vaccines are coming out, people get vaccinated, however, we don't know its adverse effects yet, but I think, Tokyo Olympic should start as usual. Of course, social distancing, wearing masks, avoiding croud, virtual display can be organised. Just like Australian Tennis was performed, Tokyo Olympic can be done in the same way. As a matter of fact, I think, it should go ahead.

mose
  • 5th Mar 2021 08:37am

PROBABLY SHOULD NOT GO AHEAD WITH THE CORONA VIRUS POSSIBLY NOT BEATEN COMPLETELY BY THE TIME IT IS DUE TO BE HELD
BUT I BELIEVE TOKYO SHOULD BE MADE THE HOST OF THE GAMES IN 2024, WITH THE CITIES PENNED IN FOR FURTHER GAMES EACH PUT BACK FOR 4 YEARS SO AS WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE TOKYO HAS BUILT AND IS READY TO GO FOR A FUTURE GAMES

Ellie 30656027
  • 5th Mar 2021 12:18am

Just go ahead in Japan in a safe way. No need for spectators at venues. After all the Olympics is to see the world’s greatest athletes compete not celebrate unity.

Aggedor
  • 7th Mar 2021 03:54pm
Just go ahead in Japan in a safe way. No need for spectators at venues. After all the Olympics is to see the world’s greatest athletes compete not celebrate unity.

Actually I think the whole purpose of the Olympic Games is to celebrate unity - the countries of the world all coming together every four years under the flag of the Olympic Games. Sadly this unity has been less than evident at some past Olympics.

margcafe
  • 4th Mar 2021 09:14pm

No it should not go ahead, skip Tokyo go straight to Paris 2024. I really don't care about the Tokyo Olympic Games.

mumby
  • 4th Mar 2021 08:04pm

I think the games should go ahead in Tokyo. These athletes have trained hard for this and for some it will be their last chance because in another 4 years they may have passed their fitness level or age. This has been their entire goal. Global I don't agree with, that robs Tokyo of what they planned for. If it was being held in Sydney I bet no one would want it to be global, so lets see it from Tokyo's perspective.

KennethS
  • 4th Mar 2021 07:15pm

It is a shame about the Tokyo Olympics, the good people of Tokyo, and the Government of Japan, have laid out a fortune preparing for the Olympics, and common sense says, postpone the games or cancel them.
Anyine who thinks the World will have beenen Covid.19 by July August is living on another planet. Note that our Government has just extended the International travel Ban a further 6 months until August 2021, and they didn't do it just to screw International Airlines and the Cruise Industry.

Apart from a staggering level of Public Debt thanks to Covid.19, Australians have got off very lightly compared to most over advanced countries, let alone the third world where there is no real idea of just how bad Covid.19 has ravaged the population. We can thank that to locking our borders, and the restrictions imposed by Government on us. For heavens sake, we don't want to put ourselves at risk of a pandemic catastrophe like the USA and Europe have suffered by complacency.

The Tokyo games need to be postponed for another 12 months or otherwise rescheduled to 2024, which would push out the proposed Brisbane Olympics to 2036. Public health should trump sport, tough, but missing out on competition is small beer against large numbers of our most vulnerable possibly dying, when it could have been avoided .

No doubt the competitors will be disappointed and many will maintain that the Games should go ahead as scheduled, but I have one question of them, are you prepared to risk the lives of your own grandparents as well as other elderly in our community just so you can compete in the Olympic Games, and don't answer that there is no risk, because there most certainly is.

KennethS
  • 4th Mar 2021 07:10pm

It is a shame about the Tokyo Olympics, the good people of Tokyo, and the Government of Japan, have laid out a fortune preparing for the Olympics, and common sense says, postpone the games or cancel them.
Anyine who thinks the World will have beenen Covid.19 by July August is living on another planet. Note that our Government has just extended the International travel Ban a further 6 months until August 2021, and they didn't do it just to screw International Airlines and the Cruise Industry.

Apart from a staggering level of Public Debt thanks to Covid.19, Australians have got off very lightly compared to most over advanced countries, let alone the third world where there is no real idea of just how bad Covid.19 has ravaged the population. We can thank that to locking our borders, and the restrictions imposed by Government on us. For heavens sake, we don't want to put ourselves at risk of a pandemic catastrophe like the USA and Europe have suffered by complacency.

The Tokyo games need to be postponed for another 12 months or otherwise rescheduled to 2024, which would push out the proposed Brisbane Olympics to 2036. Public health should trump sport, tough, but missing out on competition is small beer against large numbers of our most vulnerable possibly dying, when it could have been avoided .

No doubt the competitors will be disappointed and many will maintain that the Games should go ahead as scheduled, but I have one question of them, are you prepared to risk the lives of your own grandparents as well as other elderly in our community just so you can compete in the Olympic Games, and don't answer that there is no risk, because there most certainly is.

sonet
  • 4th Mar 2021 07:10pm

I think we all need to concentrate to eradicate this virus before going ahead with any such events. We don't need to give this pandemic any chances at all! So in my humble opinion I think the Olympic games should be postponed for a later date.

dicky a
  • 4th Mar 2021 07:06pm

I am fortunate enough to have seen the 1956 Melbourne Olympic games and it fired my imagination for the concept of the Olympics and the "Olympic Family" . To the extent I can still locate my scrapbook made by me as a 7 year old and since then I have created scrapbooks for a large number of Games. Whilst I accept that due to quarantine restrictions the 1956 Equestrian events were held in Sweden, I have real difficulty in coming to grips with a "spread out" Games. Apart from anything else, whilst have complete confidence in the Japanese public's adherence to Covid restrictions, I have little or none for most other countries. So no spreading of the Games for me ! In ordinary times, perhaps, and it is a big perhaps, spreading the Games ...not in 2021 !

maureen30656026
  • 4th Mar 2021 06:50pm

I love the Olympics with a passion should they be held common sense says no my heart says yes. So much covid still around probably not worth the risk

PGS
  • 4th Mar 2021 06:15pm

It would be reasonable for some at least to go to South Korea.

I am not a sport person, so don't watch these either - any version.

If the games have to continue, I feel they should go back to the original events of some 2,000 years ago. Male & female versions are fine. Anything that already has international tournaments, such as golf, tennis, basket/netball.... should not be in it.

Aggedor
  • 7th Mar 2021 03:55pm
It would be reasonable for some at least to go to South Korea.

I am not a sport person, so don't watch these either - any version.

If the games have to continue, I feel they...

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Skylark
  • 4th Mar 2021 06:04pm

I despise the Olympics, so I don't give a rat's if it goes ahead. The only thing about the Olympics I care about is stopping the ill advised Brisbane/ SE Qld bid.

jatz50
  • 4th Mar 2021 05:54pm

I realise that all the athletes just want to do the games with all the training they have done but due to covid happening, I really think, we should bypass it again. We are just starting to perhaps getting on top of it all and now we have the athletes all heading there not to mention all the tv stations crew that go also. We need to eradicate this covid virus somehow and really need to start at these big events especially overseas.

Tazzyd
  • 4th Mar 2021 05:51pm

I don't think it's a good idea to host the Olympics games until every person world wide is fully vacinated the two times

Magus
  • 4th Mar 2021 05:33pm

I do really like what is proposed above however having that managed by the IOC, I very much doubt it. I reckon that the decision is still 50-50

Deee
  • 4th Mar 2021 05:00pm

The Tokyo games should go ahead. Given that there is now a vaccine and most countries have been able to keep COVID under control, I think if the official have a plan in place the game should be given the go ahead. We’ve had lockdowns, travel bans and many people suffering mental health due to COVID, sports brings joy to most people and this is a great way to showcase it.it might not be the same as the previous games but I believe Japan will still put on a spectacular event.

joye
  • 4th Mar 2021 04:55pm

no, dont hold the olympics at all

sheza54
  • 4th Mar 2021 04:34pm

It would be nice to see Tokyo go ahead, but in these troubling times with the Covid-19 it’s a concern amongst many, is it safe, if most of the population over there have been vaccinated, and the Athletes from the all countries taking part are vaccinated then it shouldn’t be a problem, as long as Tokyo adheres to strict health regulations, then that’s fine.

Lee31358851
  • 4th Mar 2021 04:29pm

As much as I love the Olympics and I appreciate the effort that our athletes put in to peak in time for the anticipated dates, I don't think it's right to hold an Olympic Games under the current health conditions. It is too risky for the athletes, as well as the associated officials, and this would totally defeat the purpose of the games.

El
  • 4th Mar 2021 03:51pm

Sad for all the athletes but don't think the Tokyo games are going to be the same as others. Was lucky enough to be a spectator at the Rio games in 2016 and the atmosphere was amazing. Think they should only go ahead if it is safe for everyone involved but not sure a global games would really be the answer.

Lynjoywal
  • 4th Mar 2021 04:23pm
Sad for all the athletes but don't think the Tokyo games are going to be the same as others. Was lucky enough to be a spectator at the Rio games in 2016 and the atmosphere was amazing. Think they...

I think holding the Japan Olympics would jeopardize all the work done by countries to date. The risk is too great letting athletes from all countries into Japan when some of those countries are still losing people to Covid 19 on a daily basis. A virtual Olympics would make a mockery of the Olympic Games and would diminish the value of the titles won by elite athletes who have participated in the past.

Trillian
  • 4th Mar 2021 02:24pm

This completely negates the whole point of the games, doesn't it? Athletes are (last time I checked) usually really strong, healthy individuals, ergo located in the "low risk" category. I mean, perhaps make participation based on exposure, or that country's infection rates, but a 'virtual olympics' seems just silly and counter-productive.

Shirbert
  • 4th Mar 2021 02:19pm

I think it shouldn’t go ahead. Unfortunately that won’t bring the money in

Shirbert
  • 4th Mar 2021 02:19pm

I think it shouldn’t go ahead. Unfortunately that won’t bring the money in

ivory
  • 4th Mar 2021 02:01pm

Global Olympics sounds like a safer bet to me. People can stay home and watch events in their own country. Much safer I think regarding lockdowns or having people stranded over seas again for long periods of time..

Liz08
  • 4th Mar 2021 01:59pm

The practicalities involved in spreading it around different countries don't appear realistic unless the athletes at the venue are all from the same country. Having all of the athletes in one place makes it far easier to implement quarantine processes and ensure that all involved in the games are safe.

Ali21
  • 4th Mar 2021 01:52pm

After a long lockdown due to Covid 19 I feel we should go ahead with the Olympic there is always a risk but we cannot keep Covid 19 as an excuse, yes we should be careful. Virus has become a norm for us and it will takes years for life to return normal. Remember life is short, we all to have to die one day due to several reasons accident, aeroplane crush etc etc, why waste life sitting at home.

Dena31948125
  • 3rd Mar 2021 05:37pm

Yes. Get tested before attending, physical distance, wear masks, these are the actions should be taken, not preventing the global Olympic. People need to feel some normality. Mental health matters as well.

E!
  • 3rd Mar 2021 03:45pm

I think it should not go ahead as some countries are still under lockdown till then. It is a huge undertaking and it would hard to organise this event globally within a short time. There is also no guarantee that the other events could go smoothly in other venues. For example, UK had to lock down suddenly for a number of times due to new cases of COVID-19. Furthermore, I think Olympics would not be same if it is split to smaller events. I also think it is unfair on Japan to have some of the events taken away from them, as the country has already sunk a substantial amount of money and time to plan for this event. If the IOC wants to implement a different format for the Olympics, I think they should only start doing so at the next Olympics.

Laura32002936
  • 3rd Mar 2021 10:16am

I think while I understand that the olympics are important for Japan and ww we need to first and foremost think about the health of our population

Fluffy
  • 28th Feb 2021 03:04pm

I'm thinking at the moment it shouldn't go ahead as the virus is still quite prominate and changing until we have it under control I think we still need to be very careful

Samira32083293
  • 27th Feb 2021 08:55pm

No, I don't think it should go ahead. The risk of transmission to spectators and athletes is still too great. The idea of paying these people thousands of dollars when the essential workers are getting by on next to nothing in a pandemic on next to nothing is totally ridiculous.

Mrs carbis
  • 19th Feb 2021 12:24pm

Tokyo Olympics, Well no i dont think it should go ahead, because of the Covid 19 will still be hanging around, To keep everyone safe i think it should be delayed once more. Thats only my opinion.

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