by Jean-Pierre Kiekens, Oxford educated development economist, former lecturer at the University of Brussels, and sailor.
This is just a short piece to express a very straightforward viewpoint, a viewpoint of reason. There shouldn’t be any Olympics before it is safe, and it will not be safe before we have a vaccine.
While the coronavirus pandemic is growing, stock exchanges are plunging, many governments are taking draconian measures to deal with the pandemic, there is kind of a surreal approach when it comes to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The IOC remains fully committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with more than four months to go before the Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage; and any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive. » stated the International Olympic Committee (IOC) just 2 days ago, on March 17.
The IOC encourages all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as best they can. Read on.