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.