The COVID-19 outbreak: Will Tokyo Olympics be canceled?

The coronavirus pandemic is spreading all over the globe and has taken more than 8,000 people’s lives worldwide. Following the outbreak, many sports and events have been canceled in order to control this infectious disease.

However, we have reports that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo organizers are reluctant to hold the Games on their planned dates. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said a few days ago in one of his statements that the country would resolve the spread of infection soon and will host the Olympics at its scheduled dates without any hassle.

Despite all this, the deputy chief of the Olympic Committee in Japan, Kozo Tashima, had tested positive for the coronavirus. This did not, however, impact the views of Japan on hosting the Olympic Games.

Besides this, the deputy Prime Minister of Japan Taro Aso also gave his statement on conducting Tokyo Olympics and also added that “this is a problem that’s happened every 40 years.”

If we look at the history of the Olympics, it has been noticed that there were several times when the Olympics were affected by outside factors. In 1940, Olympics games were canceled due to the second world war, and in 1916, due to the first World War. The 1940 Olympics were scheduled to be held in Berlin and German Empire. After the cancellation of the 1940 Tokyo Olympics, the 1944 London edition was also canceled because of WWII.

Additionally, several countries, including the US, Japan, China, boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980 in protest at the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

However, IOC has refused to cancel, or postpone the Tokyo Games and remains firm on holding Olympic Games as planned. As per the reports, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the government would continue with preparations of Olympics games, which are scheduled between July 24-August 9.

About the author

Cory Weinberg

Cory Weinberg

A true sports enthusiast who cherishes the thought of writing, reporting, or presenting, particularly when it comes to the two most popular sports in the world. Football as well as Cricket. A thorough admirer of the Indian Cricket Team since the childhood days, while loyalty also goes out to the red side of Manchester when it comes to football. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.