Countdown to Tokyo Olympics for 6 months

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Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, January 24 (Reporter Wang Hongbin) There is about half a year before the opening date of the Tokyo Olympics. The International Olympic Committee and Japanese officials recently hinted that the Tokyo Olympics might be held without spectators. A Japanese economist has calculated that if the Olympic Games are held empty, the Japanese economy will suffer as much as 2.4 trillion yen (about 150 billion yuan).

Kyodo News Agency reported on the 24th, according to Masaru Miyamoto, a well-known Japanese sports economist and professor emeritus of Kansai University Hao estimates that if there are no spectators in the Olympics, the loss of ticket revenue and other peripheral consumption can reach 700 billion yen (43.7 billion yuan); the loss of the Japanese sports industry after the Olympics is about 1 trillion yen (62.4 billion yuan) ; In addition, there are other losses.

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This is the Olympic ring logo and the main stadium of the Tokyo Olympic Games taken on November 10, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Du Xiaoyi)

This estimate is based on the expected economic benefits of the Tokyo Olympics and the Paralympics , Included in various losses.

The International Olympic Committee released a video on the 22nd, the day before the 6-month countdown to the Tokyo Olympics. The President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach hinted in the video that holding the Olympic Games empty is also an option. He said that under the current situation of the new crown epidemic in Japan, it is particularly important to ensure that participants are not infected with the new crown virus. The organizing committee has comprehensively considered A possibility, such as whether the audience is allowed to enter the venue, if allowed, how many people can enter the venue, etc.

Bach said,”The prospects are very good, and we are doing everything we can to prepare for the situation that may be faced from July to August.” The IOC discussed a wide range of topics, including quarantine and testing methods. And vaccination, etc.

The chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Yasuhiro Yamashita, said in an interview with Japanese media earlier this month that it is not ruled out that the Tokyo Olympics will be held without spectators. Ozaki Haruo, president of the Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Association, also suggested that in order to ensure that the Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled, preparations should be made in accordance with”no spectators”, otherwise the Tokyo Olympics will be at risk of being cancelled.

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On January 22, in Tokyo, Japan, people wore masks to travel. (Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Du Xiaoyi)

Due to the impact of the new crown epidemic, the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which were supposed to be held in the summer of 2020, were postponed for one year and opened on July 23 this year. However, the epidemic in Japan has worsened again in recent months, and a dozen prefectures entered a state of emergency earlier this month. Affected by this, voices doubted that the Tokyo Olympics could not be held in July began to increase in Japan and abroad. Kyodo News released the results of a public opinion survey on the 10th of this month, showing that 80%of respondents agreed that the Tokyo Olympics would be postponed or cancelled again.

The International Olympic Committee, Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga have repeatedly promised that the Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled.