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Will The 2020 Olympics Take Place?
“Due to the Coronavirus” and “as a precautionary measure” are phrases that we’ve been hearing in recent days. It’s begun to apply to everything we know and all the plans we attempt to make. The world is treading water in anticipation of how things will turn out for us in the wake of COVID-19. In the meantime, guidelines are reworked over and over and the shadow of the Tokyo Olympics continues to grow. And yet, the Tokyo Organising Committee and the Japanese government remain positive that the games will go ahead. Perhaps the $25 billion spent as the host of the event is the motivation behind this certainty.
The IOC is Remaining Neutral
While The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is not as undeterred as Japan, they are simply standing by and hoping that this rising tide will abate before making any firm announcements as to whether the games will be cancelled. For competitors, the uncertainty is problematic. A lot of preparation has to happen well before the opening ceremony due to take place on the 24th of July. While the IOC has announced that they won’t restrict spectator attendance for the event, uncertainty is building as the number of infections are rising. There’s only four months to go to the opening ceremony of the games.
Sailing is Getting The Wind Knocked out of it by the Virus
In the meantime, much to the dismay of sailors and sailing enthusiasts, several major sailing races and events across the world are being cancelled, including:
- The 2020 GC32 Racing Tour in Muscat
- The Charleston Race Week
- The 2020 Newport to Ensenada Race
- The 72nd Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race
- The Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show
- St Barths Bucket
- The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2020
- The San Diego NOOD 2020
We sincerely hope that the world will soon ride out this terrible storm.