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Tokyo 2020 can become the Winter Olympics!

Confirmation before the Parliament of Japan Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto showed that the land of the rising sun took the initiative to organize Tokyo 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Japanese Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto reassured public opinion when he informed the Parliament about Tokyo’s contract with the World Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the time to host World Games until the end of 2020.

For the time being, it has been reported that COVID-19 will force the IOC to cancel the 2020 Olympic Games. However, Seiko Hashimoto insists: “The Olympic hosting contract allows the organization to be held throughout 2020. This may be possible is understood that Tokyo 2020 is allowed to postpone”.

Also under this agreement, the right to cancel the Olympic Games belongs to the IOC. But a few days ago, IOC president Thomas Bach announced that the organization was committed to supporting the conduct of Tokyo 2020 as planned, despite COVID-19’s continued spread.

On this occasion, Seiko Hashimoto confirmed that the Japanese government and the city of Tokyo are still working hard to make the Olympics start on the right 24/7. It is not difficult to solve this problem, because the budget for the Olympic Games now stands at 1.35 trillion yen (12.51 billion dollars). Among them, the Japanese government has spent 120 billion yen to build the Olympic stadium and 30 billion yen to organize the 2020 Paralympics.

The special plane that brought the 2020 Olympic torch from Greece to Japan just landed at the military airport in Matsushima. Because the European region is now becoming a “hot spot” of COVID-19, Tokyo 2020 leaders did not go to the torch. Representing Japan at the torch relay ceremony was former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto.

Despite ideas like US President Donald Trump wants the Olympic Games to be postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Japanese government is clearly lowering its determination to organize Tokyo 2020 as planned.

The Greek Olympic president handed the torch to Naoko Imoto. Photo: tokyo2020

However, before the epidemic has killed more than 9,000 people, BTC 2020 Tokyo still has certain precautions. About 200 local children were not allowed to receive the 2020 Olympic Torch as originally conceived. And if nothing changes, the torch relay ceremony in Japan will start from March 26 at the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima.

Information on the first Winter Olympics

Chamonix is ​​a village located at the foot of Mount Mont Blanc in France with about 10,000 residents.

Chamonix is ​​also known for having the best ski slopes and the oldest winter sports areas in the world. Extreme sports enthusiasts, climbers and professional skiers from around the world often flock to this small town to experience challenges from its unique terrain.

With challenging slopes, it is not surprising that Chamonix was chosen by the Olympic Committee to host the first Winter Olympics in 1924.

However, at that time, the festival was not called the Winter Olympics but was called the “International Winter Sports Week”. The name was considered odd when it came to setting up an event that didn’t last for a week, but it actually lasted for 11 days.

Since 1901, Norway, Sweden and Finland have successfully organized their own sports festival in northwestern Europe. Therefore, the organizers at Chamonix had to persuade a lot to attract the participation of the countries of this Scandinavian region.

Officials then decided to set up an organization to take responsibility and the International Ski Federation was born. A year later, the League renamed the winter sports event in Chamonix to the Winter Olympics.

A total of 16 countries competed in the first Olympics with 285 athletes competing in 16 events. Of the total participating athletes only 11 female athletes. The contents of the competition at the first Winter Olympics include:

  • Skaters (both skateboarding and shooting on the track)
  • Marbles on ice
  • Sled race
  • Figure skating (men’s singles content)
  • Figure skating (women’s singles content)
  • Figure skating (double skating content)
  • Skateboard racing (distance of 15km and 50km)
  • Hockey
  • Skateboard racing combined
  • Speed ​​skating (500m, 1,500m, 5,000m, 10,000m, combined)

The countries of Indonesia prevailed at the first Winter Olympics. Finland and Norway won a total of 28 medals. Medal ranking results at the first Winter Olympics are as follows:

  • Norway: 17
  • Finland: 11
  • England: 4
  • United States: 4
  • Austria: 3
  • Switzerland: 3
  • France: 3
  • Sweden: 2
  • Canada: 1

The first Winter Olympics saw many amazing performances from individuals and teams. Although, Canada won only 1 medal, they left in the hearts of fans a very impressive playing style. Canada’s hockey team dominated the content at the time and won a spectacular gold medal with five matches to win, scoring 110 goals and only conceding 3 goals.

The first person to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics is American speed skater Charles Jewtraw. He was a surprise winner in the first 500m speed skating content.

The first Winter Olympics also saw many interesting stories. American skier Anders Haugen was initially determined to be fourth but later determined to be third. The interesting story was that it was not until 1974 that he was determined to win the bronze medal. because of errors in scoring method were discovered. Finally, Haugen received a bronze medal at the age of 83.

President Putin confirmed Russia did’nt boycott the Winter Olympics

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would allow the athletes to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea as a neutral athlete rather than boycott the sports competition.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to ban Russia from attending the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea over allegations of doping. The IOC ban has caused fierce opposition among Russian politicians and athletes. Many sources believe that Russia may boycott the 2018 Winter Olympics by banning its athletes from going to Korea.

However, during a speech when visiting a car factory in the city of Nizhny Novgorod on December 6 (local time), Putin affirmed that Russia allowed its athletes to participate in the Olympic Games in South Korea as how athletes are neutral.

“We do not boycott the Olympic Games. Russia will not stop our athletes if they want to participate in the Olympic Games in Korea as a neutral athlete. The Russian athletes spent a lot of time and enthusiasm for the opportunity to compete in the Olympics. Being at the Olympics is so important to them”, said Putin.

Despite not boycott the Olympics, Putin harshly criticized the IOC’s decision to be staged and politically motivated. The Russian leader also echoed his view that there was no way the Russian government-sponsored athletes using doping.

“Most of the allegations are based on unverified and unfounded evidence”, Mr. Putin said. The evidence only revolves around the testimony of one person (former director of Russian doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, who is currently a refugee in the US).

Earlier, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, urged politicians, athletes and fans to stay calm before the IOC ban. Mr. Dmitry Peskov said that all reactions are wrong if carried too much emotion and have not been thoroughly analyzed.

In related developments, the host country of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Korea, said that they want Russia to attend this meeting. Lee Hee-beom, the head of Olympic Pyeongchang 2018, confirmed that they would ask the IOC to reconsider the decision.