TOKYO (AP) – The Olympic torch relay is another hurdle for the postponed Tokyo Games. It starts two weeks after the northeast of Aponia. Any slip can raise more doubts about the risk of an epidemic at the Olympics.
A year ago, the Olympic Games were postponed at the start of the relay. The start will be again in Fukushima Prefecture, which 10 years ago was the epicenter of a devastating earthquake and tsunami և melting of three nuclear reactors.
At least 18,000 people were killed.
The organizers of the Olympic Games are asking for restraint on a four-month route that will cover all 47 prefectures and will involve 10,000 runners. Shouting and cheering will not be allowed. Polite applause will be the order of the day. Tor users can run without a mask if they choose. And there may be changes in the routes, depending on some conditions, from stops to starts.
According to local reports, the torch relay start on March 25 will also probably be held without fans. The Olympic Games open on July 23, followed by the Paralympic Games on August 24.
H. This is an additional risk. Why do the organizers take it?
Answer. Because of Coca-Cola և Toyota’s big sponsorship deals. There was talk of eliminating the relay, but it quickly got mixed up. The Olympic relay race begins with the 1936 Games in Berlin.
The organizers hope that this time it will stimulate the enthusiasm of the Olympic Games. Surveys show that about 80% of the Japanese opium population say that games should be postponed or canceled.
The success of the relay was so significant that it was headed by Toshiro Muto, Executive Director of the Tokyo Organizing Committee. Of course, any slip would raise more questions about the risks surrounding the Olympics.
Question. Where do we stand again with the fans from outside? Will there be any?
Answer. If you believe all the leaks in the Japanese media, no. Organizing committee chairman Seiko Hashimoto said he hoped to make a decision by March 25. According to local reports, the decision to exclude foreign fans has already been made, it may be published next week.
The other key decision will be the number of fans allowed to play in the venues. It is expected in April.
Local organizers have projected a budget of $ 800 million in ticket sales. It’s the third largest source of income for them: it will hit hard. Any deficiencies must be filled by Japanese taxpayers. It is estimated that they cover about 80% of Olympic costs.
Q: Are these Olympics bitten by a snake?
D. It’s hard to remember someone who was more excited. And remember, in 2016, the Rio de Janeiro եյ in 2014, Sochi had massive problems.
Ironically, IOC President Thomas Bach said Tokyo was the best-prepared Olympic Games before the epidemic hit. And despite the problems, Japan Aponia is one of the few countries that can handle it.
IOC member Takeda was forced to step down as head of the Aponia Olympic Committee two years ago in a vote-buying scandal involving Tokyo’s candidacy in 2013. He denied any wrongdoing.
Last month, Yoshiro Mori was forced to resign as chairman of the organizing committee after making sexist statements. In fact, he said, women talk too much.
Then there is the issue of costs. A study by the University of Oxford says that these are the most expensive Olympic Games on record.
H. Can athletes expect to be tested often?
In short, yes. Athletes will have to take an exam before flying home. Organizers say they will be tested as soon as they arrive in Tokyo. And they will be tested during their stay in Tokyo.
The first edition of the so-called Playbooks, released last month, says athletes in Aponia will be tested approximately every four days. Current Playbooks are uncertain; they will be updated between April and June for more detailed information.
The Kyodo News Agency reports that the IOC has asked Tokyo to conduct “stricter” tests.
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