Daniel Halliday
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Should Japan lose the Olympics amidst the Coronavirus outbreak?

As cases of the Coronavirus are souring in Japan many are left wondering how the country will host the 2020 Olympic Games amidst worries surrounding the worsening pandemic. The outbreak spread quickly in Japan and there was some criticism over the government's handling of high profile issues such as the quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, and national school closures. With the Olympic Games just a few months away will Japan be fit to host the games? Or should the ceremony be postponed, reorganised, relocated or cancelled over fears of further mishandling of the crisis? japantoday.com/category/national/Experts-ponder-why-cruise-ship-quarantine-failed-to-prevent-spread-of-virus japantoday.com/category/national/abe's-abrupt-call-to-close-schools-amid-virus-triggers-confusion ibtimes.com/british-passenger-virus-hit-japan-ship-dies-2930518
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The games have been postponed

On the 24th March 2020, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked the IOC to postpone the games until 2021. This news came after a number of calls to the IOC and Japanese government to react to the pandemic and reschedule the event in some way. Postponement makes much more sense than moving or cancelling the games, both of which would have wasted an unimaginable amount of time, money and resources. It is also preferable to holding a no-audience games, with the loss of ticket sales representing a massive financial blow. In this way the Olympics and Paralympics can both be held in 2021 before Abe, Japan’s longest serving prime minister, is expected to leave office, and so that the Olympics can be a symbol of defiance and defeat of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cancellation is the most likely outcome

The 2020 Olympic games is more likely to be cancelled if the pandemic isn’t under control by May, and if the handling of the diamond princess is anything to go by, this seems the most likely outcome. London would be a terrible host following their reckless coronavirus strategy, the country has since overtaken Japan in terms of both confirmed cases and deaths, moving the Olympics here would be taking the situation from bad to worse. Even athletes and former Olympians are now calling on the IOC to cancel the games. The IOC need to act as soon as possible as countries such as Canada and Norway have begun to pull out their athletes and petitions IOC to postpone the event.

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No, just hold a no audience games

Amidst the threat of the coronavirus pandemic a number of sporting events have already been held in empty stadiums and televised to a remote audience. With a number of athletes openly expressing deep skepticism over this issue, Japan and the IOC should come to an agreement to hold a no audience Olympic games in 2020. Numerous sporting events have been either cancelled or held with spectators limited to television and Internet audiences, cancelling or moving the games at this late stage would waste time and resources, but the games could go ahead with the proper social distancing measures in place. This measure has already been taken for the flame lighting ceremony, and could easily be put in place for the rest of the games.

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Yes, it could go to London

This suggestion made news as conservative mayoral hopeful Shaun Bailey suggested in a CityAM interview that the International Olympic Committee (ICO) should seriously consider London as a city to host the Olympic games if Tokyo were not able to pull it off. As it stands Japan’s capital city is feeling the strain of the Olympics after the city abandoned its $2 billion stadium, is in a legal battle over plagiarising their Olympic logo, while suffering from miscalculations, leadership issues and government concerns. On the other hand London still has all the venues and infrastructure from holding the Olympics in 2012, the city could also use an Olympic boost after the economic knock of Brexit.

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Concern has arisen over the Coronavirus as the World Health Organisation has declared a global health emergency and a number of sporting events have already been cancelled. But the question of Tokyo losing the Olympics gained traction after London Mayoral hopeful Shaun Bailey decided to capitalise on this tragedy and suggest London should host the Olympic games in 2020. This has met fierce criticism from Tokyo Governor Yurilo Koike, and Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Mori, who both labelled Bailey’s remarks as “irresponsible”. Furthermore the International Olympic Committee have stated there are no plans to cancel or relocate the games, and if there was London has repurposed much of its Olympic infrastructure since 2012, making Rio de Janeiro a better candidate by this logic.

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