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Editorial: Japan prudently manages the Olympics


The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics in Japan started yesterday from Fukushima Prefecture, where the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred 10 years ago. (AFP)

The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics in Japan started yesterday from Fukushima Prefecture, where the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred 10 years ago.

The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics in Japan started yesterday from Fukushima Prefecture, where the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred 10 years ago. The East Olympics, which is a year late, is already on the line. The Japanese government must do everything in its power to remove all other obstacles, especially the challenge of the coronavirus epidemic to the smooth holding of the Olympics.

The Japanese have a special feeling for Tokyo to host the Olympics. It was originally the first time Tokyo hosted this international sports event in 1940, but it was changed to Helsinki because of the war of aggression against China, and it was eventually cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II. Japan’s rapid recovery after the war and the right to host the 1964 Olympics are a manifestation of Japan’s rapid economic and social recovery and peaceful political transformation, and it has also become an important collective memory of the Japanese. 56 years later, Japan’s re-hosting of the Olympics was tasked with stimulating the country’s economy and the recovery of the disaster-stricken areas in East Japan. However, it was forced to postpone it for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, despite the severe global epidemic, it was once delayed and postponed. Or simply cancel the dispute.

The Olympics are held every four years, and four years is not a short interval for many athletes. This East Olympics is the first experience for some rookie athletes, and it is also the last time for some old athletes to attend. For some of the most talented players, it may be the most likely struggle to win the championship. An athlete’s career usually only has a peak state and an opportunity to go to the highlight moment. If the East Olympics are cancelled, the gold medal dream may be so regretfully missed. This is very unfair to them.

The recent successful holding of international sports events such as the All-British Open Badminton Championships and the Australian Open has added confidence to the Eastern Olympics. Of course, the scale of the Olympics is not comparable to a tennis or badminton event, because the Olympics has more than 30 competitive events and more than 400 events. There are as many as 12,000 participating athletes. How to ensure that athletes, coaches, administrators, and attendants The safe and healthy participation of delegation reporters and others is a major challenge. Nevertheless, as long as some rule adjustments can be made, most events can still be played safely, so the East Olympics can still be held safely.

The East Olympics has determined that foreign spectators are prohibited from entering the game, and the organizers have promised to refund them. The losses suffered by foreign spectators who have purchased tickets are limited. The biggest impact is the Japanese tourism industry. According to Japanese media estimates, the loss of foreign Olympic tourists will cost the event at least about S$1.8 billion in economic benefits. Japan’s original hope of stimulating tourism through the Olympics fell through, and many investments that hoped to get on the Olympic economic train will also be in vain. In addition, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee also tends to prohibit foreign volunteers from supporting the Olympics, which makes it a pity that the Olympic spirit is lacking. Considering the health and safety of athletes, these are helpless actions.

However, insisting on hosting the Olympics is undoubtedly a boost for TV broadcasters and advertisers. For many people, the Olympics are originally “remote”. The vast majority of people in the world follow the Olympics through newspapers, television, computer and mobile phone screens throughout their lives. In the Internet age, the COVID-19 epidemic has promoted the development of online activities. How to organize an Olympic Games that uses more technology in a short period of time to allow global audiences to watch the games and get in touch with athletes more “closely” is a challenge to the organizers. New challenges. This is also a challenge to contemporary media-how to make better use of technology to bring audiences the latest, most timely, and closest to the scene of the East Olympics reports.

In the history of the Olympics, only the three Summer Olympics during World War I and World War II were cancelled. Nowadays, in non-war peace times, it is very frustrating if the Olympics cannot be held because of the fight against the pandemic. I am also sorry for the Olympic spirit. Exercise is to strengthen the body and is a means for human beings to fight against diseases. We also use sports to maintain the health and vitality of the society, nation, and country. Faced with the challenge of a small virus, mankind should not give in.

As a member of the seven major industrial countries, Japan is one of the most developed and disciplined countries in the world, and the epidemic is not serious compared to Europe and the United States. If Japan also bows to the virus and abandons hosting the Olympics, probably no other country has the ability to fight it. At the same time as the epidemic, the world’s largest international sports event has been successfully held. Therefore, neither the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee nor the International Olympic Committee can back down, and all countries should give the strongest support and sincere blessings. For the morale of all mankind, the Special Olympics in this epidemic that will be recorded in the annals of history should be held. Great

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