Demonstrators against the Games, on Friday, in Tokyo.KIMIMASA MAYAMA / EFE
While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese government multiply reassuring messages about the safe holding of the Tokyo 2020 Games as of next July 23, the events that do not stop, and have turned his organization into an endless obstacle course, seem determined to refute his speech.
The Japanese government has invested about 12,000 million dollars, about 9,900 million euros (including the extra thousands of penalties for the delay) and cannot stop celebrating them, even if the income it receives is minimal, and loses up to the 3,300 million dollars (2,720 million euros) that it expects to receive by local sponsors and 800 million (660 million euros) from ticket sales. Not counting the loss of income feared by bars, restaurants, museums, entertainment venues and tourist attractions, forbidden destinations for accredited foreigners, who will be forced to make their living exclusively in the Olympic facilities and their restaurants: stadiums, sports centers training, press centers …
Losses are insured for the host country; This is not the case for the IOC, whose economic survival, and that of most international federations and national Olympic committees, depends on its holding, even if behind closed doors, even by turning stadiums and pavilions into mere television studios and the Villa Olímpica, a common place where thousands of athletes from 206 different countries and 33 specialties coexist, in a monastery with hot beds – a constant flow of entrances and exits will be organized in the Villa to avoid crowds – inhabited by masked people eating alone with two meters away from each other and without the right to even shake hands. The image is the product that he has sold, and quite expensive, to televisions ( Discovery paid 1,300 million euros) and to the sponsors of the TOP program, who assure a few hundred million more. This is what Olympic magic has been reduced to, the quadrennial summit of the world's healthy youth, to a question of numbers, to an accounting problem
The main challenge is logistical, and the small illustrated guides edited to inform about sanitary regulations to be followed by the more than 11,000 athletes who have been preparing for the event for almost five years, and the almost as many thousands of journalists, leaders, technicians and assistants in the process of accreditation, only offer a small sample of the logistical nightmare they must face. The main ones will be the organization of PCR tests, mandatory for everyone every four days and the Olympic transport network, since visitors will be prohibited from using public transport
The guides advise getting vaccinated for all who arrive, and the Olympic Committee International works so that it is not considered a privilege that Olympic athletes get vaccinated before other groups, since they have the consideration, granted by the UN, of ambassadors of their countries and symbols of a healthy society. The vaccine will not be mandatory, but being immunized will not mean being able to avoid any of the obligations of hygiene, distancing, mask and solitude.
And despite all the precautions it is not impossible that the main nightmare comes true, that a positive, for For example, in a player from a basketball team, make him confine himself not only to his team, but also to his last rival. A small number of positives can end up turning the competition into an unsolvable chaos.