Monday, March 22, 2021

Tokyo Needs Its Olympics

Nations fight to host an Olympics, and after an unprecedented one-year delay, Japan intends on the event being a success. In fact, the government’s survival may depend on the game’s success. And for all the effort to revive and manage the games in a pandemic, the Japanese public is not very appreciative. They fear the COVID-19 risk from thousands of visitors and the $25 billion cost. As of the weekend, overseas spectators have been banned.

The Japanese government, like host cities around the world (Paris in 2024), see economic benefit and international prestige. These games will be more virtual than attended, but if the government and Olympics Committee make it a success, there will be much appreciation – the athletes and citizens of the world are ready for it.

Tokyo, Japan | Getty Images

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