Tokyo (AP) – Tick-tock-tick.
The countdown clock for the postponed Tokyo Olympics reached 200 days on Monday.
On Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would consider declaring a state of emergency due to a new coronavirus case to increase record numbers in Tokyo and neighboring regions. There has never been a lockdown for COVID-19 in Japan trying to confuse economics and health risks.
The time is approaching for the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics, the International Olympic Committee and various government organizations in Japan as they try to pull the sport between epidemics.
Officials have promised to announce concrete plans on how to get 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes admitted to Japan early in the new year; About the safety of Athletes Village and hundreds of thousands of fans, media, judges, officials, broadcasters and VIPs.
The new year is here.
Suga promised to hold the Olympics again and said, “This is evidence that people have beaten the coronavirus.” And he said vaccine approvals would be expedited in a month so that vaccinations could start in February instead of March.
The cause of more than 400 million deaths in Japan is Kovid-1 to, which is modest by the global standards of 15 million countries, but the rapid rise in new cases is worrying. In a poll last month by the national broadcaster NHK, 63% wanted the Olympics postponed or canceled.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and governors of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures on Saturday called on the national government to declare a state of emergency, as 1,337 new cases are reported daily in the capital on New Year’s Eve. Who jumped nearly 400 in just a few days.
Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the planning committee and former prime minister, ruled in favor of canceling the games again in an interview with the Nikkan Sports newspaper several days ago. He was asked when the decision to have local fans or fans from abroad would come.
“During March to May,” he replied. “The deadline for the decision will be May, but it could come sooner.”
Any reduction in fans would hit the budget of the organizing committee. Tokyo has a budget of 800 800 million for ticket sales, and any shortcomings will have to be addressed by government agencies, following most of the Olympic bills.
The official budget for the Tokyo Olympics was raised last month to .4 15.4 billion, an increase of $ 2.8 billion due to delays. However, some of its ditts over the last few years indicate that the actual number is around 25 25 billion.
All but $ 6.7 billion is public money.
Mori hinted that the opening ceremony on July 23 could get into trouble as thousands of athletes and officials gather to parade around the stadium. He also suggested that the ceremony could not be shortened, as television broadcasters paid for the exciting time. He said some officers would be cut off from the parade.
Television sets most of the Olympic schedule and sells broadcasting rights as much as% of IOC’s revenue. The other 18% is from large sponsors such as Coca-Cola and Toyota.
The torch relay, which starts on March 25, is expected to have 10,000 runners in about four months. Coca-Cola and Toyota are the main sponsors.
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