In 2016, Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, made a ridiculous arrival in a Super Mario costume and said the phrase Japan is back. Tokyo 2020 was planned to help Japan battle the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which happened in 2011 behind them, and prove their growth in technology in the world of sport.
Japan has put a lot into starting the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games, even though it has been delayed by a year. The country’s government is determined to prevent COVID from spreading in the country. However, given the country’s crisis, such as rising and falling infections, the increase in cost, and multinationals backing out, there is doubt the plan will go smoothly
The Economic Plan
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were supposed to be a way to increase the value of their economy. After the great representation of Japan’s infrastructure during Tokyo 1964, such as the construction of the Shinkansen bullet train. However, this year, construction was made to link the international airport in Haneda to the city’s center. Other routes were also widened, such as the highway leading from Osaka to Nagoya. This new infrastructure will help to fulfill the dreams of Japan’s economy for decades.
However, the old stadium Zaha Hadid, a British architect, had to be reconstructed as the roofing structure is now expensive. The new stadium was built at half the initial cost. As the cost unfolds, many events have been relocated to existing stadiums outside Tokyo. This approach is to reduce costs and benefit other parts of the country in their economic development plan.
Racism and inequality are another crisis facing Japan in the capital and other parts of the country. For example, housing in the capital rose by 15% between 2002 and 2018, while decreasing by 5% and 15% in other parts. The wages part also grew by 20% to 35% in the country.
Japanese residents are having doubts about how the Olympics will help bring balance to the economy. Residents complain that most of the infrastructure will be focused on Tokyo with no or little benefits for other parts. Also, the Olympics will bring high demand for things, which will not favor manufacturers mostly in the local areas fighting for these materials. However, the worries have been reduced with part of the activities outside the capital, like cycling, which is now intended to take place in Izu, and some construction has been done in the velodrome.
1. The IOC has announced that athletes will arrive five days before the opening day and can only return to their country 48 hours after completing the competition.
2. A self-quarantine period will be insured for athletes, coaches, and other travelers in their various countries before traveling to the games. Also, tests will be conducted at the airport, and regular testing will be conducted for those living in the athletes’ village. This place is expected to hold 18,000 people.
3. Competitors are expected to be tested every four days, monitored throughout the competition, and interact less with the residents and other travelers.
4. After the competition, competitors won’t be allowed to go sightseeing in Tokyo or participate in partying in the Olympic village.
5. All athletes should be sure to put on a face mask and use selected vehicles when moving from the village to their training center or for the competition.
6. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are set to feature both track and field events, such as skateboarding, led by popular skaters like Nyjah Huston from the US and Sky Brown, a member of Team GB representing Britain. The street events will take place on 24 and 25 July, while the park will be held on 4 and 5 August.
7. Surfing John John Florence will spearhead the competition over Kelly Slater for the US. The competition will involve 20 men and 20 women competing on the 40-mile Tsurigasaki beach on 25 and 28 July. Brazil’s Gabriel Medina will represent Brazil, Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi, and many others.
8. Another is sports climbing, which includes bouldering, speed climbing, and lead climbing. Adam Ondra, Shauna Coxsey from the States, Italian Laura Rogora, and many others will represent the Czech Republic.
9. Other sports include karate and the return of baseball and softball, which were canceled 13 years ago. Baseball will be played by men, while women will play softball.