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Turns out: The Tokyo Olympics will be held behind closed doors, the damage: $ 23 billion - Walla! sport

2021-01-24T08:04:35.158Z

The president of the International Athletics Federation claims that an agreement has been reached on the timely holding of the games, but without an audience. Japan will suffer huge financial damage



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Turns out: The Tokyo Olympics will be held behind closed doors, the damage: $ 23 billion

The president of the International Athletics Federation claims that an agreement has been reached on the timely holding of the games, but without an audience.

Japan will suffer huge financial damage

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Japanese Prime Minister confirms: Tokyo Olympics postponed this year (Photo: Reuters, edited by Assaf Drori)

Even if the Tokyo Olympics kicks off as planned on July 23, it will be different from anything we knew.

Amid reports of the possibility of canceling the Games and sweeping denials from the Japanese government and organizing committee, international athletics association president Sebastian Ko admits - most likely the games will be held behind closed doors.



“We were all happy to bring in a loud and passionate crowd to the games, but if the only way to hold them is behind closed doors, we all get it,” Kou said last night.

According to Kav, the cancellation of the Olympics is out of the question because it could change the schedule years ahead, and also affect the 2024 Paris Olympics and the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

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In any case, Japan will suffer enormous damage (Photo: AP)

The games, which have been postponed for more than a year due to the spread of the virus around the world, are set to open on July 23, but Japan is in the midst of a third wave and has declared a state of emergency in most parts of the country.



"No one wants to be the first to say that, but everyone agrees that hosting the Olympics in July just sounds too difficult. I find it hard to believe it will happen," a senior member of the organizing committee told the Times on Tuesday.



But even Sebastian Koo, like other executives, understands that this is not the solution.

"There is no doubt that holding games is a big challenge. Anyone who does not understand this is delusional. There is a huge difference in our ability to deal with the virus now, compared to the situation last year," he said.



Either way, despite the denials, it is still unclear whether the Japanese government plans to keep its promises.

The economic losses it will suffer could be huge: it is reported that holding the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer without the presence of an audience will result in Japan losing no less than $ 23 billion.

At the same time, the cost of canceling the games will in any case be $ 12 billion.

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