Will postponement open the door to the Olympics in the spring?


The postponement of the Olympic Games that was scheduled in Tokyo this year until next year, gives the organizers a possibility to get rid of a long-standing dilemma that is hot and humid weather in the Japanese capital during the summer.

The decision to postpone the Olympics due to the outbreak of the Koruna virus, announced Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government, gave the organizers several options to reschedule the games that should take place “after 2020, but not beyond the summer of 2021,” according to the announcement.

German International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach left the field open to the new date, which will be determined in consultation between the various parties concerned, indicating that it may be in the summer of 2021 or even before it.

This decision leaves the prospect open for the Summer Olympics, which was scheduled between July 24 and the ninth of August, in the spring of next year, when the temperature is more moderate in Tokyo.

The high temperatures and high humidity in the Japanese capital during the summer were a major concern for athletes and fans in the past months, before the “Covid-19” outbreak overshadowed everything else.

The Mayor of Tokyo, Yoriko Koike, confirmed that the delay opened the way for the option of holding the Olympics in the spring, which may also lead to returning the marathon to the capital, after it was transferred to the northern city of Sabauru, where the heat is more moderate.

“Since we are in this (delay) situation, there is a possibility that the date for the games will be moved to a period when the weather is not hot,” Koike said with a smile, “I think Tokyo will be able to host the marathon if the heat is less intense.”

The head of the local organizing committee, former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, quickly expressed his support for the advancement of the Olympics. “We are trying to set a new date by the summer, and it may be early,” he said after the delay.

He added: “If we can avoid (holding the Olympics in) the intense heat in the summer, wouldn’t that be something that brings happiness?”

Conflict with championships

Re-setting a new date for the Summer Olympic Games, which is the largest sporting event in the world, which is held every 4 years, needs tedious work on the organizational and logistical level, especially to choose a timing that does not contradict with other major tournaments scheduled for next year.

Bach stressed this week that “these postponed Olympic Games will need sacrifices, and will require concessions from all parties concerned.”

Marcus Lower, founder and CEO of Total Sport Asia, a sports marketing company, noted that the holding of the Olympics in the spring would conflict with the end of the European football season, in addition to the exclusive roles of “Play Off” for the NBA.

“I generally like the idea,” Loire told “France Presse.” The April-May period is beautiful in Japan, and it makes sense from this point of view, but the possibility that the date might conflict with other dates makes things “very complicated and difficult.”

It is unlikely that any possible date for the Olympics will conflict with certain championships. His stay in the summer of 2021 will require the postponement of the World Athletics Championships scheduled in the city of Eugene, Oregon, between the sixth and fifteenth of August, and the World Swimming Championships scheduled in the Japanese city of Fukuoka between July 16 and the first of August 2021.

The International Federation of Forces and Swimming were ready to discuss the amendment.

On the Japanese front, regulators have already allocated large sums to take measures to reduce the impact of high temperatures and high humidity, including road-absorbing coating, water spray machines, and even artificial snow.

After the organizing committee has decided that the delay will incur additional costs, it is expected that it will welcome the Olympics in the spring, saving them the costs of facing the hot weather.

“The compensation and the new costs will be less if the Olympics are held in the spring instead of the summer,” a sports federation official said, asking not to be named.

After many athletes and federations complained about the summer heat in Tokyo and its expected impact on performance, the head of the Belgian Equestrian Federation Ingmar de Vos was one of the first publicly demanded this week to “find a date when the temperature and humidity will be less severe.”

“Why not? The ICRC must study the matter again and choose the best weather dates. It may be an opportunity,” he added about the Olympics in the spring.

Reports suggest the ICRC will reveal the new date within weeks.

And the Olympic Games in its modern era (since 1896) were held outside the most famous summer months to adapt to climatic conditions. The first summer Olympics, hosted by Tokyo in 1964, was held in October, just like the next session in Mexico in 1968.

The first versions of the modern history of the games were also held at different times. Athens held the 1896 session in April and May, similar to London 1908 and Stockholm 1912. The 1904 version in the American city of St. Louis, which coincided with an international exhibition, spanned months between July and November.

And former International Olympic Committee marketing director Michael Payne considered, in previous statements to “France Press” that “the summer of 2021 is the most appropriate option (for the new Olympics date), it is in fact the only option”

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