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Explained: Why Tokyo Olympics will be like no other amid Covid-19

Covid-19 is still spreading but the games appear to be going ahead, in what would be the biggest world event of the pandemic era

2020 Tokyo olympics | Coronavirus | Japan

Jon Herskovitz | Bloomberg 

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About 7.8 million tickets were made available for the Olympics before the delay, and organisers still haven’t decided how many will be made available for the games

When the pandemic forced last year to delay the Summer and Para­lympics to July 2021, organisers kept the 2020 name, saying they wanted the event to be seen as a “light at the end of the tunnel.” By keeping the name, the IOC also ensured that logos, packaging, t-shirts, merchandise and broadcast chyrons remain the same — a cost-saving move for sponsors and partners. Covid-19 is still spreading but the games appear to be going ahead, in what would be the biggest world event of the pandemic era. But they are almost certain to look like no other Olympics, with a bar on spectators from abroad and uncertainty as to whether even fans in will be allowed in — an unprecedented move in the modern Oly­mpics movement that dates back to the late 19th century. (Some 600,000 foreign visitors were expected to attend last year before the post­ponement.) This means a financial hit for Japan, which has spent billions of dollars to host the games, but the cost could be far higher if the virus causes the first cancellation since II.



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First Published: Wed, May 26 2021. 22:13 IST