Do you know how many days there are left before the Olympic Games start? 200 exactly.
Picture this one. The darkness of the skyline of Tokyo.
A lone runner running up an immense staircase, a torch in his hand.
A roar from the 60,000 fans at the National Stadium in Japan. Furious enlightenment then.
It’s going to be a wonderful sight … If it does occur.
Meanwhile, the European soccer championships, another mega sporting event this year, is only five months away, but there is already an anticipation that millions of fans will be able to safely travel to 51 matches in 12 European cities. Japan closed its borders back in the real world until the end of the month, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government asked the central government to announce a status
Increasingly, anticipating the Olympics and the Euros to happen with all the normal bells and whistles sounds more like an act of faith than science, as if the past 12 months were just a bad dream.
With the World Athletics Indoor Championships due to be held in China in March, there are already echoes of the big cancellation of 2020, with the World Athletics Indoor Championships, due to be held in China in March, postponed again. New concerns for Tokyo Olympics as host city sees spike in Covid 19 infectionsContinue readingThe British Boxing Board of Control canceled all of its fights in January, while the backlog in English soccer is rising by the day. As both parties accept that a tour without crowds of traveling fans is neither desirable nor economically viable, the Lions’ tour to South Africa is also in question.
It is time to face another harsh reality as the new year starts. The sports world looks far more 2020 than we predicted a month or two ago – but with a harsh twist: it looks like the people, the poorest and the most disadvantaged, are struggling the most at the grassroots and in the communities. Too much money is simply at stake for it not to happen. For the Dollars, the same is definitely true.
But both competitions are likely to be slimmed down and deprived of much of the peripheral pleasures that make major sporting events so entertaining.But we shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the reality that Covid’s limitations would affect athletes from poorer countries the hardest.
There is only one high-performance training facility in Papua New Guinea, for instance – and it is currently a coronavirus isolation center.
That means that during her country’s rainy season, Dika Toua, a national hero who hopes to be the first weightlifter to participate in five Olympics, had to practice in a temporary shipping container without a roof. He has little access to firearms and has been practicing “dry firing” for nearly a year – practicing gestures without ever shooting. The situation is also bleak with respect to grassroots operations in the UK. We all recognize the benefits of exercise and activity for the physical and mental health of individuals. But an Active Lives survey found that nearly 14 million individuals in England get fewer than 30 minutes of exercise a week during the first lockout, a measure that involves anything from brisk walking to high-intensity interval training. The study also found that certain disadvantaged groups in society, especially black Asians and ethnic minorities, as well as lower socioeconomic groups, were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The numbers for this winter are likely to be much worse with most of the country back in Stage 4. Back to the Future: Team GB gears up for postponed Tokyo GamesRead moreLast week, the Save Our Sports campaign cautioned that much of the sports and activity industry – which employs almost 600,000 people in the UK and contributes £ 16 billion annually to the economy – is in trouble.
There are thousands of swimming pools, leisure centers and gyms, according to the Sport and Recreation Alliance and ukactive, who fear that they will not survive a prolonged time in Stage 4 without government assistance. Of course, the major unknown here is how easily people can be vaccinated, but when the government repeatedly over-promises and under-delivers, it hardly encourages confidence. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has stated that after Easter, life could return to normal.
But, compared to only 300,000 currently available, it would take about 2 million vaccines a week. One final point. Just ahead of Christmas