Over the past 6 months, we have been hit with an ongoing slew of problematic news out of Tokyo.
Rumored reports that the Japanese government was trying to finagle its way out of hosting the Olympic Games, the banning of overseas spectators, the cancelation of pre-Olympic training camps, and media coverage of anti-Games petitions and protests have all naturally spurred questions about whether the Games will, or should, be called off.
Here’s a review of the major news events surrounding the Games that have unfolded since they were postponed back in March 2020, and what we can expect to happen in the coming two months leading up to when the torch is set alight on July 23.
The Olympic Rings logo is pictured in front of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on March 18, 2020, as doubts increase over whether Tokyo can safely host the summer Games amid the spread of the COVID-19. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images
As the Coronavirus first begins to force millions of people around the globe into lockdowns, having claimed more than 17,000 lives, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed until the following summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Abe says that Japan will fulfill its responsibility as the host nation “to prove that humanity has beaten the novel coronavirus.”
“The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present,” the IOC says in a joint statement with the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.