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Corona crisis: Olympia 2020 canceled - IOC makes final decision


The corona virus has far-reaching consequences for sport. The new disease could now cause the summer Olympics to be postponed. All information in the news ticker.

The corona virus has far-reaching consequences for sport. The new disease could now cause the summer Olympics to be postponed. All information in the news ticker.

  • The corona virus has far-reaching effects on the sports world.
  • The Summer Olympics were supposed to take place in summer .
  • But can the games in Tokyo be held at all? All information in the news ticker.

Update of March 26, 2020, 10:34 am: The organizers of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which were moved to 2021, expect a "massive" rise in costs. Toshiro Muto, managing director of the organizing committee, said this at the beginning of the first meeting of the task force set up by the IOC . "We assume that the additional costs will be very high," said Muto: "We have to put in a lot of effort in terms of our earnings."

Muto did not present exact figures. According to a calculation by the Japanese daily Nikkei, the rental of competition venues, rebooking of hotels and costs for personnel and security guards will initially have to cost an additional $ 2.7 billion. According to a calculation by the Japanese Court of Auditors, more than 20 billion euros have already flowed into the Olympic project .

The postponement of the games by the corona pandemic not only confronts the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the organizers with financial challenges. The task force called "Here we go" must first find an appointment in 2021 in coordination with the 33 international trade associations.

The Olympic Village or the use of the temporary sports facilities deal with further questions. "I think after the postponement we now need compromises from everyone involved," said IOC President Thomas Bach .

Corona crisis: Olympia 2020 canceled - IOC makes final decision

Update from March 24th, 1:23 pm: Now it's official! The Olympic Games in Tokyo are to be postponed, but at the latest in summer 2021 . The International Olympic Committee and the Olympic organizers in Japan jointly decided this on Tuesday, the IOC announced.

According to media reports, Shinzo Abe is said to have agreed to postpone the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics. This was reported by the Japanese news agency Kyodo and the NHK broadcaster, citing an Abe phone call with IOC President Thomas Bach on Tuesday.

"I proposed postponing the games by a year, and President Bach agreed 100 percent," Abe told reporters in Tokyo.

A postponement of the summer games planned for the period from July 24 to August 9 has become essential due to the coronavirus pandemic and the unforeseeable further development.

The president of the organizing committee in Tokyo, Yoshiro Mori, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike and Japan's Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto are said to have also participated in the telephone switch. The organizing committee had previously announced an executive committee meeting next Monday.

9.10 a.m .: The sports committee chair of the Bundestag has the four-week period announced by the International Olympic Committee until a decision is taken on whether the summer games may be rescheduled to

Tokyo heavily criticized. "I find the decision disrespectful towards the athletes and irresponsible in view of the situation in the world," said Dagmar Freitag in an interview with the HR information radio on Monday.

This delayed tactic produces "a massive loss of trust" and shows "a blatant leadership failure," said the SPD politicians. “The athletes run away from Mr. Bach. The Olympia product is at stake. “It is high time that IOC President Thomas Bach understood this. Friday: "The IOC needs to know that whoever does not decide will be decided."

Update of March 23, 6:32 am: The signs of a historically unique postponement of the Summer Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic are increasing. After the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) first approved mind games of this kind on Sunday and gave itself a four-week period for the decision, Japan's prime minister also spoke

Shinzo Abe of a postponement of the summer games in his country. In front of the Tokyo parliament, he said on Monday that this must be expected. However, there could be no question of a cancellation.

"It is difficult to hold games under these circumstances, we have to decide on a postponement, with the health of the athletes being the top priority," said Prime Minister Abe. The final decision, however, rests with the IOC.

Summer Olympics in Tokyo? Canada increases pressure on organizers

Canada's Olympic Committee (COC) increased pressure on the IOC and was the first country to announce that it would not send athletes this summer due to the Corona crisis . The "difficult decision" was made with the approval of sports associations and the Canadian government, it said. "This is not a boycott, " said communications director Photi Sotiropoulos of the German press agency. The Canadian Paralympic Committee also chose the Paralympics.

The COC said that they would be happy to be there next year, should this be possible with regard to the development of the pandemic and the health of the world population. In addition, the IOC is supported in solving all the problems that a shift entails.

Despite the corona pandemic, tens of thousands flock to the Olympic flame - a queue of 500 meters

March 22 update: In Japan, despite the corona pandemic, tens of thousands celebrated the Olympic flame. More than 50,000 people are said to have flocked to Sendai Station in Miyagi Prefecture to admire the flame that was shown in a golden cauldron.

According to Japanese media reports, the queue was sometimes 500 meters long. Some visitors waited for hours to see the fire. Many visitors wore respirators. The Olympic flame had arrived in Japan on Friday.

15:09: Due to the corona virus , the Greek Olympic Committee has stopped the transmission of the Olympic torch on Greek soil. Despite all the calls from the authorities, too many people had arrived in Sparta on Friday to hand over the flame , after which all other stages of the traditional torch relay were canceled, the committee said.

A large crowd had previously besieged Hollywood star Gerard Butler while lighting the flame bowl in Sparta. According to the committee, the flame will be handed over to a delegation from Tokyo at the Panathinaikon stadium in Athens on March 19 as planned - but without a spectator.

Thomas Bach reaffirmed its adherence to the games on Thursday. "We are fully committed to the success of the Olympic Games with the opening ceremony on July 24th," said the IOC president in the ARD daily topics.

Coronavirus: Olympia 2020 in danger? Japan counters Trump's proposal

Update of March 13, 7:23 a.m .: On Friday, members of the Japanese government gave a clear rejection of the suggestion made by US President Donald Trump to allow the 2020 Olympic Games to be held without spectators. Trump proposed both a one-year shift and "ghost games" on Thursday night (local time).

"I am aware of President Trump's statements, but neither the IOC nor the Organizing Committee are considering postponing or canceling the games," said Japan's Sports Minister Hashimoto at a press conference Friday morning. She also declined to reduce the number of viewers: "We absolutely don't think about it."

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Olympia: Coronavirus cancellation? Japan makes a clear statement

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga reaffirmed that there were no changes in government policy. In close cooperation with the IOC , the organizing committee and the local authorities in Tokyo , preparations will continue to be made to "hold the games as planned".

A phone call between Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took place late Thursday evening, after which the US President rowed meekly. "I just had a great conversation with Abe. I told him that the Olympic sports venues are fantastic. He did an incredible job. Good things are going to happen for Japan and its great prime minister, ” Trump said a few hours after he said of a move.

Just had a great conversation with Prime Minister Abe of Japan. I told him that the just completed Olympic venue is magnificent. He has done an incredible job, one that will make him very proud. Good things will happen for Japan and their great Prime Minister. Lots of options!

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2020

The Summer Games should "maybe" be postponed by a year, Trump said in the White House. That would be a "shame", but he prefers to postpone the mega-event "empty stadiums".

Corona virus and sport: can Olympia 2020 take place at all? Responsible "seriously concerned"

First report from March 12 : Munich - The rampant corona virus has now also got a grip on sport. In view of the growing number of infected professional athletes, games under committee from the public or the complete abandonment of competitions, it is clear that the actually so full sports year 2020, may not take place in this form. How endangered are the Summer Olympics in Tokyo *?

Olympia 2020: Cancellation due to corona virus? IOC builds on "trust"

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee IOC continues to assume that the Tokyo Olympic Games can go ahead as scheduled from July 24th to August 9th .

The world is facing challenges that also affect sport, and the IOC has recognized the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, "but 19 weeks before the opening ceremony, we are confident in the number of measures currently being taken by authorities around the world “It said in an IOC statement on Thursday. The IOC around President Thomas Bach and the organizers in Tokyo are fully on schedule with the preparations .

Olympia 2020 / Coronavirus: head of organization "seriously concerned"

Organization boss Toshiro Muto recently raised alarming tones that he was "seriously concerned that the spread of the infectious disease could put a damper on the games." Another argument in favor of a cancellation is that many qualification tournaments have been postponed or canceled to date.

The IOC works with broadcasters and sponsors to “address the current situation” and is in close contact with the World Health Organization, the host city of Tokyo, the Japanese government and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.

Olympia 2020: worry about coronavirus - opening ceremony without spectators

The fire for the Tokyo Games had been lit on Thursday in private in ancient Olympia.


The official ceremony took place under public committee.


Due to the outbreak of the corona virus, only 100 guests were invited, the majority of whom were IOC members. Originally, more than 700 guests were expected.

As of now, those responsible still seem to be planning with the event, but how quickly this impression can change does not seem to be really foreseeable at the moment. The IOC may also be based on the Uefa and the European Championship 2020, which could also be canceled due to the corona virus.

* is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.

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Rubric list picture: © dpa / Stanislav Kogiku

Source: merkur

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