The first synchronized swimming test of the year has been postponed. The synchronized swimming event scheduled for March 4-7 is now expected to take place from May 1 to 4 at the Tokyo Aquatic Center. This test event doubles as an Olympic qualifying tournament and will bring together swimmers from 10 countries.
Tokyo 2020 organizers explained the reason for the decision aimed at ensuring the fairest possible conditions for the participation of athletes and taking into account travel restrictions imposed by Japan. At this time the Japanese borders are closed to almost all foreigners.
In Tokyo and other parts of the country the state of emergency is in effect at least until 7 February. Athletes who arrived in Japan to prepare for the Olympics were initially exempted from the ban on entering the country, but in January the government revoked the exemption.
The 2020 sports season was completely conditioned by the epidemic linked to the well-known Covid-19 virus which affected the lives of all of us and which forced the world of sport to change too. In fact, in 2020 they had to play the Tokyo Olympic Games, a highly anticipated event all over the world but which was considered of primary importance especially in the Japanese capital.
In the end, the evidence had to be surrendered and the organizers were forced to postpone the Olympic games for a year. It must be said that, looking at other events like Wimbledon in the world of tennis, it could have been even worse.
However, the latest rumors for the situation in Japan are anything but optimistic. In recent days there has been an increase in cases in Japan and although we are talking about a fairly distant event there is great concern for the Olympic Games, a situation that will see people from all over the world enter Japan.
An authoritative source very close to the organizers spoke to the microphones of the British newspaper Times and asserted that there is a high probability that the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games will be canceled! These, a senior member of the coalition in government reported: "By now everyone has understood that we are moving towards the cancellation of the Olympic Games.
The goal now is to find a way that saves everyone's face and that maybe leaves a door open to Tokyo for the future. Nobody wants to be the first to announce it but given the situation it is really difficult to achieve the Olympic Games."
There are denials from the Japanese government but the situation is not the best and latest rumors also indicate that Tokyo is already trying to get the possibility of being able to host the 2032 Olympic Games. The main Japanese government spokesman announces that the wide distribution of coronavirus vaccines is not a pre-requisite for moving forward with this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
The Japanese chief cabinet secretary, Katsunobu Kato, said the government is considering global measures to have safe and secure Games, even without making vaccines a necessary condition. The vaccines from the end of February and will initially concern medical professionals, followed by people over 65 years of age in March, and subsequently those suffering from chronic diseases.
In recent days, Prime Minister Suga appointed Minister for Administrative Reforms Taro Kono as head of the coordination of the vaccine distribution process, promising to speed up the bureaucratic process and logistical profile.
Estanguet who then revealed that he had spoken with the IOC a few days ago, picking up positive signs: "I have the impression that everything is imagined and built to be able to adapt to the healthcare context and to find a solution to problems" The Tokyo Olympics could also be held behind closed doors if the health conditions required it, but the desire not to cancel them is very strong.
Postpone the Paris Games to 2028? It is not foreseen." Tokyo has signed preventive contracts for the supply of 290 million doses - more than double the population, with three pharmaceutical companies. The first of these, US-based Pfizer, asked for the vaccine to be approved in Japan in December, but a response from the health ministry won't come until next month.
Tony Estanguet, president of the organizing committee of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, also spoke on the Tokyo Games: "Better behind closed doors than not doing them. I would be very sorry not to see spectators at the races but the reality is that we have to adapt," he added.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s administration is adamant that the Olympics and Paralympics, postponed last year due to the pandemic, will be held this year from 23 July, despite public skepticism given the increase in infections in the country.
Vaccinations in Japan are expected to begin by the end of February. "We are evaluating the implementation of coordinated measures to have the Games that have a reliable level of safety, even without making the vaccine an obligation," Kato reiterates.
In a survey conducted by the Kyodo agency earlier this month, around 80% of respondents said they were in favor of a further postponement, or even cancellation of the Games. The total sum of infections in the capital since the beginning of the pandemic is now close to 88,000, and the metropolitan government has warned that the hospital system is facing an unprecedented crisis with a record of 155 patients in serious condition.