There has been a lot of talk recently about what’s happening in the world of sports. Right now, we’re going to talk about the Olympics. My friend Zack reported a few days ago how it’s currently being handled, I’m going to talk a little bit more on that and give an update.
COVID-19 continues to put the world on hold. Right now, we are powerless to stop the mass amount of sporting events being postponed and canceled. We’ve already lost March Madness, the NBA season, the start of MLB, the NHL, golf and countless others.
But this year should also have the summer Olympic games, but those have been pushed back as well. Before today, it was only speculation as to when we might get to have the Olympic games.
Tokyo Olympic organizers are considering hosting the games in July of 2021. In that article by the NY Times, it was stated:
“The IOC said a final decision could come in weeks, but it is now much more likely to be announced earlier, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of guidance issued by the IOC. The Japanese state broadcaster NHK on Saturday also reported the July 23, 2021, date as the new target.”
So, while nothing is guaranteed, if we can see this virus start to die down soon, this will probably be the date we will be working with.
How Will They Hold Up in the Heat?
One area of conversation that people are concerned with is how the athletes will hold up in the Tokyo heat in July. This time of the year is when Tokyo hits it’s highest temperatures.
The whole aspect of up and moving the Olympic games is obviously uncharted territory as it has never had to be done before. Everyone is doing what they can to work around things like the heat, other sporting events, and more to make sure the date will work.
There are many complications that arise from changing the date. One of the most significant being reorganizing qualification competitions. However, athletes that have already qualified for the 2020 games will already be qualified for the 2021 games.
Fears of the Coronavirus Aren’t Slowing Down
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 virus doesn’t seem to be slowing down. It’s starting to take its toll on some countries like the US, Italy, and China. There are plenty of other sports that are still sitting in the dark about when their seasons will be back on.
At this point, a lot of seasons might just be canceled. That’s purely conjectured at this point, but nothing is off the table at this point. This is uncharted territory for everyone involved.
Where We Go From Here
Right now, we wait. That’s really all we can do in uncertain times like these. What do you guys think about the potential July 2021 date for the Olympics? Let me know in the comments below!
I will do my best to keep you guys updated with more news on sports events related to COVID-19 as best I can. Stay safe, everyone!