The Tokyo Olympics that were scheduled to take place this year was rescheduled to 2021 and will follow exactly the same schedule like the one planned this year. The organizers have been working hard to rearrange the games which have been almost a decade in the works. The opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021. The Games are set to be the biggest in terms of events with 339 medals up for grabs before the closing ceremony on August 8th. One of the biggest hurdles was securing the availability of the venues as a number of the venues were booked for 2021. Satoshi Yamashita, Tokyo 2020 executive director said that all venues were secured verbally.
Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori came out and said that cancelling the event would cost a lot more than postponing it. “If we cancel the Games the cost will be two times the current cost that is required,” Mori said. “We do not decide on the fate of the Olympic Games considering only the convenience of Japan alone.” On being asked why the costs would be so much more, he said “If you follow the conventional thinking and common knowledge, if the Games are cancelled it’s going to create a lot of waste.
You have already invested in certain things and if the Games are not going to happen it certainly will result in a big [amount of] waste. For example, if the Games are cancelled who is going to make the compensation for various reasons? Who is going to pay the money to compensate for the losses? If you follow the common knowledge you would easily come to two times or even three times more [in additional cost].”
IOC President Thomas Bach also said that rules regarding the staging of protests throughout the event would be discussed with athletes. Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter states that the field of play and medal events should be “separate from political, religious or any other type of interference” but it has been criticised recently, with the Athletics Association saying it is not fit for purpose.