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Olympic Games 2021 || 31 Answers To Understand The 2020 Tokyo Olympics

1. Is the situation under control in Tokyo 2020?

Despite the severe control measures that are being carried out such as saliva PCRs every day, in which a third of a tube that is not filled precisely with sputum has to be filled, temperature measurements etc ... on Wednesday 79 cases have already been registered. On an Olympic family at the moment of about 30,000 it is not a very low incidence. Not all are in the Olympic Village, also in other sub-branches such as the South African soccer team. In the city there are 1,000 infections a day (12 million inhabitants) for a week. The latest data from Wednesday 20 shows 1,387, the second highest figure in months. The first was on Saturday, with 1,410

2. Are athletes limited in movement?

Yes. In fact, his movement is limited to going to training and returning to the Olympic Village. They can only be moved around the Olympic Village. They cannot attend other competitions other than their sport. Taking into account that their stay in Tokyo is necessarily reduced to five days before the start of their competition and one after, there will be very few who will have completed the 14 days at the end of the Games where from that moment everything is more open.

3. Is control serious?

All those who participate in the Games have an app called Cocoa incorporated into their mobile that allows traceability in the case of testing positive. For example, the Czech beach volleyball player, one of the athletes who tested positive, had close contact with 12 people reportedly from this vehicle, but only one more failed the test the next day.

4. What measures are taken?

They are isolated and have to pass a PCR test six hours before competing. Otherwise, they are deleted. In the case of team sports, as is the case with the South African soccer team, they have to have 13 players at least not infected, out of an initial squad of 18.

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5. Is it mandatory to reside in the Villa?

No, it is not necessary. Although movements have been restricted so much that, for example, golfers cannot enter the hotel near the course until the day before the start of the competition and have to stay in the Villa for two training days in which the trip by bus it's an hour and a half. Simone Biles and the rest of the American gymnastics team have moved to a hotel. Road cyclists are like that too.

6. Does the situation affect the opening ceremony?

Not only in the public, although there will be a number of volunteers, also in the parade. Delegations are being cut in half. Spain, which has classified 321 athletes, although not all are in Tokyo at the moment, will only be able to parade with a delegation of 150 athletes, including a group of 7 technicians, coaches ... The lifting of flag in the Villa.

7. What is the most surreal measure ever taken?

Surely the one that prevents the president of the national Federation on duty from being in his competition in high demand tests. Fernando Carpena, from swimming, may be in the pool because he is part of the Executive of the International Federation, but Jorge Garbajosa, if Spain reaches the basketball final, surely he cannot. Although there will be no audience, the condition has not been withdrawn.

8. Is there a risk that the Games will be canceled?

Only an unprecedented outbreak of coronavirus could provoke such a situation. It would not be the Games that have a problem, it would be Japan that would have it.

9. Does Japan want the Games?

55% of the population, in a survey of more than 1,400 people, has put their doubts about the Games. Two-thirds believe that it will be impossible to control the pandemic during its celebration. Such poor popular support has not been seen since Athens 2004. Over 140,000 signatures have been collected for the event to be canceled. The press is divided between those who are for and against. Off the record, some of the citizens voice their complaints to those who want to listen to them. So much so that several presidents of official sponsors have declined the invitation to attend and will see the ceremony from their home "like the rest of the citizens." Out of fear of Covid, they argue. There is fear of retaliation from consumers.

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10. Can the organizing committee cancel the Games at its own risk?

Without breaking the contract signed in Buenos Aires in 2013, no. It would have a penalty close to 6,000 million dollars, which together with the 13,000 that have been invested would lead the country to a compromised situation. It has already lost more than 1,300 million due to the absence of the public and the potential impact that the presence of slightly less than a million national and international tourists was going to have on the city. The former spend less.

11. What is this penalty due to?

Mainly because the IOC, which is the only one that can break that contract, has good television contracts tied up around the world. Especially with NBC, in the United States, and Discovery for many countries. It is estimated that in this last period it sold the package of Pyeonchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 for 3,700 million euros in the sum of all the countries. In the Olympic sponsorship program, the top program, the IOC receives another 2,000 million. Japan would pay for that party if it had broken the contract.

12. Why is the IOC not magnanimous in such a situation?

Protected by the IOC's values, it can be assumed that the solidarity of the IOC could have produced a friendly agreement and postponed them. The problem is that of this money that the IOC comes in, a large part has a direct impact on the international federations, many of which would be doomed to bankruptcy if that income is not produced now. It would be a general collapse of the sport.

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13. Will there be any audience?

In Tokyo, even if Thomas Bach leaves the door open if the situation improves, it is a toast to the sun. In Miyagi it will be seen some public in the China-United States on Thursday. In Fukushima it was said at one point, but now it has been rectified. They are forbidden to sing. It is recommended to encourage the players with the hands.

14. Why was a second postponement not contemplated?

From the first doubts that the IOC had, more in 2020 than in 2021, there was only the way to celebrate them or in extreme cases, a scenario that was not contemplated, cancel them. There was no room for another postponement. The Games require an expense, less than that which has been wasted in the past, but it takes the four years of minimum margin to make them profitable.

15. Are quarantines being respected?

Juan Antonio Samaranch has asked that the Japanese standards be respected because it will be a way of showing "gratitude for the effort they have made." The truth is that not 100 percent of the Olympic family is scrupulously complying with what is imposed. A priori, you can only be on the street for 15 minutes during the three days that the express quarantine lasts. It is not allowed to set foot in the city outside the Olympic facilities for 14 days.

16. What is going to be weird in competitions?

Although the fan has already become accustomed to watching football without an audience, it will be strange to see Olympic golds win without noise. Especially in races that recreate a special atmosphere like the 100-meter dash. It is intended to use canned sounds from other editions and fan screens will also be used and telematic contact with those closest to them will also be enabled in some competitions. It will also be very strange that each of the medalists will have to hang their medal at the ceremony.

17. What legacy will the Games leave to Japan?

Very little. Especially compared to those of 1964 that represented a radical change in the city of Tokyo, modernizing it, providing the bullet train, several hotels ..., which boosted the service sector, now being asset number 1. If everything goes well, it will leave a a very remarkable spirit of resilience. They are not easy games.

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18. Are they working well?

So far, everything has been overwhelmed by the implanted system. The waiting times are extremely long, the bureaucracy endless. In territory where the organizing committee is usually sufficient with the assistance of the IOC, now the Government has come into play. It requires downloading an app (Cocoa) to be geolocated at all times. Waits at airports have exceeded 8 hours in some cases and without giving a specific answer. The kindness is undeniable.

19. Will relevant people attend the opening ceremony on Friday?

The presence of Emmanuel Macron, the first lady of the United States Jill Biden and that of Tedros Adhanom have been confirmed. One of the measures adopted has been to limit the retinue of heads of state to eleven and that of ministers to five. Slightly less than 30 heads of state will attend, led by host Yoshihide Suga. There were about 40 in Rio and twice as many in London.

20. What do the athletes in the Olympic Village stand out?

The quality of the food and the conditions of the Olympic Village, built on the artificial island of Harumi. There are 21 skyscrapers on an area reclaimed from the sea for almost a century and which will later be put up for sale as a residential area. It will be one of the few legacies left by the Pandemic Games.

21. Will they be the worst Games in history?

No. Perhaps the saddest - except for Munich's Black September - or the most frustrating. In a country that is already in 6G technology, which announced cars without a driver for the appointment, all kinds of robotics ... not being able to deploy it in all its splendor is a setback for a country that had found a great showcase at the Olympic Games to position itself again among the powers.

22. What is the largest delegation?

In number of athletes, the United States comes first with 61 and China, with 431, although with coaches and assistance personnel it reaches 777. In total there are 207 Olympic committees present at the Tokyo Games. The United Nations is made up of 193 countries.

23. Who are the oldest and youngest athletes at the Tokyo Games?

The Amazon Mary Hanna (66 years old) will be the most veteran athlete of these Games. The Australian will also become the second oldest participant in history, after the British Lorna Johnstone, also a rider, who did it in Munich 1972 at the age of 70. Another Australian equestrian, Andrew Hoy, follows with 62. The youngest, breaking a record for precocity, will be the paddler Hend Zaza, a 12-year-old from Syria, even earlier than the skater Sky Brown who will be an Olympian at 13 years and 11 days. Both surpass a historical record: that of the swimmer Margery Hinton (13 years and 44 days Amsterdam, 1928).

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24. Can you expect a lot of records?

It's almost always swimming that turns the record-breaker on at the Olympics, especially now that it has incorporated mixed events that are still very tender. But the introduction of the carbon plate in spikes has created a new revolution in athletics. Even Usain Bolt's record of 200 could fall due to track conditions.

25. What distance is required between athletes and journalists?

The distance between the athlete and the journalist, regardless of the medium in which they work, radio, television or press, will be two meters. Likewise, a distance of 1.5 meters is required in mixed areas between journalists as an anticovid measure.

26. What is the high point of these Olympic Games?

It is embodied by the gymnast Simone Biles and her challenge to get five gold medals and equal in number of Olympic titles with the mythical Larissa Latynina, who achieved 9 between the 1956 and 1964 Games.

27. What is the best streak in the history of the Games that can continue?

The US 4x100 styles relay team has not lost a final since the specialty became an Olympian in Rome in 1960. This time, Murphy, Dressel, Andrew and, surely, Apple. This year they have a double threat in Great Britain, although pending Greenbank on the back, and Japan. They have won 14 of 14 golds in 61 years, only interrupted by the Moscow boycott.

28. Who will be the first Spanish athlete to debut in Tokyo?

The Spanish men's soccer team that will face Egypt on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. There will be two Spaniards who compete before the cauldron is lit: the shooters Inés de Velasco and Daniel Castro, in the individual qualifying event.

29. Why will these Games go down in history whatever happens?

Because it will be the first edition in which a transgender athlete Laurel Hubard participates. He will compete in the -87 kg category on August 2. There is debate between those who consider that it has an advantage and those who argue that it is one more step towards inclusion in sport. Also because of the permissiveness of the IOC to accept solidarity, social or political demonstrations from athletes before competitions.

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30. How is the fight against doping?

The pandemic has caused, on the one hand, greater difficulty for controllers to travel to certain places and, on the other, that the lack of economic resources has meant that fewer controls are carried out. The number of medals returned to other athletes was embarrassing between Beijing (47) and London (38). In Rio, only 4 were produced. The question is whether the distance has narrowed or is it that the cheaters have jumped to a new dimension.

31. What new sports appear on the show?

Baseball and softball that had come out since 2008 reappear, in addition to karate, surfing, rock climbing and skateboarding. In total, 42 sports form the Olympic program with the most gold medals of the modern era (339), with a contingent of 11,090 athletes participating in 42 facilities.

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