IOC chairman’s visit to Japan sends a positive signal
Bach met four important members of the Tokyo Olympics someday and ate “leisure”?
The Olympics, held every four years, have been postponed for another year due to the new crown pandemic. Although months have passed since the IOC made a difficult decision, the international epidemic situation is still not improving, and in Europe, the United States and South Asia, including host countries Japan, the epidemic has not been well suppressed but continues to increase and spread. tendency. Interest is focused on whether the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021 can be held according to the new plan.
The Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled, and spectators will enter the stadium to watch the game.
In this situation, Chairman of the International Olympic Committee Bach arrived in Tokyo on November 16th to visit Japan and made a very tight schedule for the day. On this day, Man Bach met with four important Japanese officials and chatted separately. The four dignitaries are now Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko, and Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee Chairman and former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. In meetings and conversations with the four mentioned above, Bach delivered two messages of greatest concern to the public. That said, the Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled and the audience will definitely enter the venue. On the 17th, Bach also visited the Olympic Village and the new National Stadium, the main Olympic stadium.
This was President Bach’s first visit to Japan after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed. “I agree with the resolution to host the Tokyo Olympics next year,” Bach said. “After the new crown fad, it will become a symbol of human cooperation and unity in the world.” “We are very many,” Bach told reporters who came to the interview after the meeting. Confidence allows spectators to sit at the Olympic stadium next year. We will work together to make the Olympic and Olympic Torch a light at the end of the plague tunnel. When talking about the number of spectators, Bach said, “We want the Olympic Stadium to be full, but the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee are putting safety first. How many spectators can enter should be determined by the situation and situation of the epidemic at the time. “
According to the Associated Press, Bach said the International Olympic Committee plans to vaccinate all participants against a vaccine of concern to the general public. “To protect the Japanese and respect the Japanese as long as the vaccine is available, the International Olympic Committee Much effort will be made to ensure that as many people as possible, including Olympic participants and tourists, get vaccinated before arriving in Japan.” The report noted that some foreign athletes and spectators are likely to object to vaccination, but Bach previously This means that this provision is essentially essential for the Olympics to be “integrated into one”.
Infectious disease effects
The economic effect of the Olympics will disappear by 800 billion yen.
On the first day of his visit to Japan, Bach answered almost all of the questions people worry about most about the Tokyo Olympics. Along with a statement from the Japanese side, he said, “Whatever the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, then the proposed plan will go on as planned.” But at the same time, a recent investigation into the new crown plague shows that the situation is not at all optimistic. When Bach visited Japan, Japan’s single confirmed new crown case repeatedly set new highs. According to statistics from NHK (Japan Broadcasting Association), as of the evening of November 14, the local time, Japan had a new coronary pneumonia on the day of 1,733, a record high for the third consecutive day, and the cumulative number of confirmed cases increased to 117,261. Early NHK polls show that nearly 70% of respondents still believe that the Olympics should be postponed or canceled further. On the other hand, most Japanese companies hope to host the Olympics scheduled for next summer.
Half a year ago, when it was confirmed that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could not be held, the Japanese government and the people were confined to their hearts and faced collapse. Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, for example, used the term “cursed Olympics” when answering questions about the Tokyo Olympics in the National Assembly. Taro Aso said that he was born in 1940 and that the 1940 Tokyo Olympics, including the Winter Olympics to be held in Japan that year, were canceled due to World War II. 40 years later, the 1980 Moscow Olympics also boycotted many countries. (Including Japan).
More than 40 years will pass by 2020, but the Tokyo Olympics could be the “cursed Olympics”. According to Kyodo News Agency, Goldman Sachs estimates that the economic effect of the Olympics will disappear to 800 billion yen, which means domestic consumption of 400 billion yen, such as TV set upgrades, Olympic-related product sales and travel expenses in Tokyo, Olympic-related labor costs and operations. Is reflected in. The government spends 250 billion yen for commissions, and 150 billion yen for tourists visiting Japan. Junichi Makino, chief economist of SMBC Nikko Securities, analyzed the postponement of the Olympics would result in a loss of 660 billion yen this year. He believes the postponement of the Olympics and the continuation of the new crown epidemic will lead to losses, including shrinking domestic demand and a decline in exports. 7.8 trillion yen. This is just the judgment of Japanese economists half a year ago, and now the loss will be even greater as the epidemic control has been delayed.
A tricky problem
The extension is expected to incur an additional cost of 300 billion yen.
These big changes will also hurt Japanese people’s desire and solidarity for the Olympics. Also, now that the epidemic is spreading all over the world, when everything goes back to normal, when will the epidemic be spread? This is Japan. Citizens are also a question that raises the hearts of people around the world. It has been postponed for a year, but the host country, the Japanese people, is still unknown. The Tokyo Olympics will be postponed to 2021. This is the deadline already set by the International Olympic Committee. If another accident occurs, the consequences are disastrous and the Olympics may not actually be held. The people’s support, the people’s support, and the extra spending of money and finances are all difficult problems.
One of the most specific problems involved is the “money” problem. Kyodo news agency said that the Tokyo Olympics are expected to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games for one year due to the spread of new pneumonia, resulting in an additional cost of about 300 billion yen (about 19.7 billion yuan). . On this sensitive subject, Tokyo and the International Olympic Committee are clearly in conflict, and Bach’s visit to Japan at the moment has not reported any additional costs recently. But Bach also stressed that when the vaccine becomes available, the International Olympic Committee will “require as many people as possible to participate in the Olympics” and “the International Olympic Committee will bear the associated costs.”
The International Olympic Committee said it will bear some of the additional funding that is already expected to be “hundreds of millions of dollars (hundreds of billions of yen)”. This is a statement made by the chairman of the International Olympic Committee Coordination Committee after consulting with the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee a few months ago, but was limited to “additional funding related to the Olympics”, citing information to the International Individual Sports Federation. With the support of domestic Olympic committees in several countries and regions, the question of whether to pay extra for the Olympics has been avoided.
It looks like Japan will still have to cover most of this huge extra cost. According to the mechanism, if the Tokyo Organizing Committee falls into a shortage situation, the cost will be borne by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. If Tokyo cannot afford it enough, the central government of Japan will fill it. Due to the epidemic, adding the Japanese government’s 100,000 yen subsidy for all Japanese and all foreigners in Japan will cause the Japanese government to spend an astronomical amount.
What can’t you do to hold the Olympics as scheduled?
Nevertheless, according to what Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide promised after meeting with Bach, Japan decided to host the Tokyo Olympics on a postponed schedule. The advantages of the Olympic Games for a country are immeasurable in terms of promoting social development. 56 years ago, hosting the Tokyo Olympics marked a turning point for Japan from decline to prosperity.
Of course, aside from the government’s determination and public support, the success of the Tokyo Olympics is inextricably linked with the strong support and support of the International Olympic Committee, and the expectations of many Japanese who still want to see the Olympics at home and in business. The support of the world’s major economies, the trust of political and sports forces, at least no opposition. This gave the firm conviction and determination of the new Japanese government.
The 2021 (2020) Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled. Even if I’m not sure from Bach’s visit and a statement from the Japanese side, it must be said that the rest will depend on the efforts of the Japanese side over the next eight months. After all, people all over the world who love peace and sports hope the Olympics, the world’s largest sports competition, will not stop. We hope that all dreams will be conveyed through this enormous stage and held as scheduled, and humanity is determined to overcome all difficulties, will, courage, ability to overcome disasters.
Text/Reporter Liu Ailin