International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates has received considerable backlash over his opinions on the possible hosting of Tokyo Olympics 2020.
IOC VP RICH COATES IS BEING CRITICIZED FOR HIS DEFIANT ATTITUDE
Coates said that even if a state of Covid-19 pandemic driven emergency was active in Japan, the Olympics would still take place. His attitude, words and similar tones from other IOC and Japanese government officials has sparked major backlash from the Japanese populace.
The majority of the population wants the games cancelled to maintain the safety of the nation in the middle of testing times. An Olympic will see thousands of athletes from over 200 nations appear in the East Asian island nation.
Formerly scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the event was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The games will begin with the opening ceremony on 23 July 2021 and end with the closing ceremony on 8 August 2021.
Due to COVID-19-related concerns, no international guests would be allowed to attend the 2020 Olympics or Paralympics. This includes both spectators, as well as the friends and family of athletes. All overseas ticketholders will be refunded. Uncertainties surrounding international travel restrictions were the main reason behind the barring, alongside goals to preserve the safety of all participants and spectators, and an emphasis to not place a burden on the health care system of the nation.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GAMES: IOC, GOVERNMENT AND BEYOND, HAS BEEN CONTROVERSIAL
The development to the games, even without Covid-19 related concerns, has been controversial. In February 2021, the president of the Oympics Committee Yoshiro Mori resigned, facing both domestic and international criticisms over his sexist remarks. The head creative director for the opening and closing ceremonies Hiroshi Sasaki resigned in March, after making demeaning comments about a female celebrity. Moreover, the logo was withdrawn and replaced, following plagiarism accusations. IOC officials has also had been subject to criticism.
Tokyo 2020, if held, shall be the first ever Olympics to be held after a postponement. If it is not held, it becomes one of the few Olympics to not be held at all, and the second Tokyo Olympics to suffer the fate, after the Tokyo Olympics 1940, which was suspended due to the onset of World War II.