It’s Olympic Day — but there’s not much to celebrate this year. Olympic Day was started in 1948 to mark the birth of the modern Games, which came into being on June 23, 1894. Today, the Olympic “movement” finds itself on hard times. The Tokyo Games, which should be opening about a month from now, were postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the Summer Olympics’ marquee sports, track and field, is in the midst of a corruption trial involving former international governing-body boss Lamine Diack.
And athletes are once again questioning the IOC’s long-standing rule against protesting on the Olympic stage — a stance that appears out of touch (and possibly unenforceable) amid the current wave of anti-racism demonstrations. On the positive side, this could be an opportunity for the Olympics to show it can change with the times and remain relevant going forward. Read how several Canadians in the Olympic orbit feel about this challenge in this article by CBC Sports’ Scott Russell. He covered 14 editions of the games.
Earlier this month, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it will analyze the current situation of the new coronavirus pandemic, and the preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games, postponed until the summer of 2021.
Similarly, the agency will be aware of the preparations for the Paris-2024 version. Belgian Pierre-Olivier Beckers, one of the most important leaders of the IOC, assured the media that “the Tokyo Games will be held in 2021 or they will not be held”, as there will be no other date change.
At the meeting, which will be held online, John Coates, president of the Games coordination commission, will present a report where he will present aspects related to the testing facilities and the Olympic Village, since the apartments had to be handed over to its new owners in September this year. Another aspect to be addressed will be the reduction of costs due to the investment growth generated by the postponement of the appointment.
Also, there will be space to work on the organization of the 136 session of the IOC, which was scheduled to take place in the Japanese capital and will now be carried out by videoconference.
With files from CBC and Prensa Latina