Tokyo 2020: Standby to standby
Published on March 3rd, 2020
The 2020 Summer Olympics are less than five months out, and as much as we want to know what the contingency plans are because of the global outbreak of coronavirus, we don’t. Time is both working for Tokyo 2020 and working against it.
With more than an estimated 600,000 tourists from around the world set to descend upon Tokyo for the Games — and this doesn’t include the millions of Japanese citizens who will attend — there is intense speculation the virus, officially called COVID-19, will alter the biggest sporting spectacle of the year.
Those numbers of travelers and attendees don’t include the more than 11,000 athletes from roughly 200 nations.
More than 70 countries have reported at least one case of the coronavirus since it was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December. Here are two updates from March 3, 2020:
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) today expressed its full commitment to the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, taking place from 24 July to 9 August 2020.
The IOC EB heard a report on all the measures taken so far to address the coronavirus situation, which was followed by a comprehensive discussion.
A joint task force had already been created in mid-February, involving the IOC, Tokyo 2020, the host city of Tokyo, the government of Japan and the World Health Organization (WHO). The IOC EB appreciates and supports the measures being taken, which constitute an important part of Tokyo’s plans to host safe and secure Games.
The IOC will continue to follow the advice of WHO, as the leading United Nations agency on this topic. The IOC EB expressed its thanks to WHO for its continued valuable advice and cooperation. Full report.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Olympic minister said today the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020.
Seiko Hashimoto’s response to a question in the upper house of parliament implies the Olympics could be held later in the year and would not have to start on July 24 as planned. The Paralympics open on Aug. 25.
The Tokyo Olympics are being threatened by a fast-spreading virus that has been blamed for 12 deaths in Japan and has shut down most schools, sports competitions and Olympic-related events in the country. The virus that started in China has been detected in at least 70 countries, with 90,000 cases and 3,100 deaths reported.
“The IOC has the right to cancel the games only if they are not held during 2020,” Hashimoto told parliament. “This can be interpreted to mean the games can be postponed as long as they are held during the calendar year.” Full report.
Additional source: ESPN
TOKYO 2020 Sailing Program
Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Men’s Skiff – 49er
Women’s Skiff – 49erFx
Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy – Finn
Men’s Windsurfing – RS:X
Women’s Windsurfing – RS:X
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17
Olympic schedule: July 24 – Aug 9
Sailing schedule: July 26 – Aug 6