Organized in the midst of a pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics will take place even though five out of six Japanese are opposed to it. For this columnist published by the American magazine The New Republic, it is the misstep too many of an event that serves as a cash cow for multinationals: these ALREADY must be the last.
Barely two weeks before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics – already postponed for a year due to the pandemic – organizers announced that spectators would not be able to attend most of the events due to the resurgence of cases of Covid-19.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) ended up giving in, at least in part, to the many criticisms leveled against the Summer Games, especially those of the New England Journal of Medicine concerning the planned health protocols. Some 83% of Japanese people oppose hosting the Games, but they don’t really have a say: only the IOC has the power to reverse the deal with the host city once it has been concluded , and too bad for the global health catastrophe.
Tokyo 2020, as it is still officially called, should have been canceled, it is obvious. Only about 10% of Japanese are fully vaccinated, and some athletes come from countries with even lower vaccination rates. The event therefore represents a serious threat to public health. Its organization this year makes no sense. Like the Summer and Winter Games for decades, and there is no reason for this nonsense to stop. We must therefore cancel the Olympic Games, definitively.
Far from the beginnings of the first modern Olympics, a small-scale celebration of amateur athletics in 1896, the Olympics have become a profitable and fortune-paying industry. This biennial event allows the IOC to rake in billions of dollars in television rights and sales of media advertising space, as well as millions of dollars in corporate sponsorship deals, and it enriches real estate developers, industry. hotel and Airbnb. While the host city has to spend billions of dollars to renovate its infrastructure, build new equipment, not to mention operating costs.
Repeated financial disasters
As Professor Jules Boykoff of the
Read the original article
Founded in 1914, The New Republic is a benchmark in the American media landscape. Once a showcase for the intellectual left, the title has changed hands several times in recent years. In 2012, Chris Hughes, one of