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2020 Olympic postponement's knock-on effect for athletes and broadcasters Updated: 2020-03-27 17:16:33 KST

Tokyo 2020 became the first Olympic games to be postponed due to reasons other than world wars meaning that what has happened with this year's games is unprecedented.
There are huge ramifications of postponing an event of this magnitude, no less for the athletes themselves and for broadcasters.
Our Sports editor, Paul Neat, is back in the studio this week.
Paul, first of all, what are some of the ramifications for South Korea's Olympic athletes specifically?

Well, there are huge ramifications for all involved. But for the athletes themselves they have been training for the last four years and should be heading into peak condition when the games were set to begin. But for some, they may not even be able to compete in 2021.

In terms of reactions, there has been a mixed response. Olympic gymnastics champion Yang Hak-seon has expressed his concerns about whether he will be in peak condition in a year's time. Park Sang-young , the men's fencing gold medalist from Rio 2016 said that he has more time to prepare, but admits he will have to be mentally focused. Another fencer, and world number 1, Oh Sang-uk , says it will enable him to have a break and spend time with family.

But, modern pentathlete Jun Woong-tae says it doesn't change anything and that he is still confident.

Interesting. For some athletes who are in danger of being unable to compete in 2021 it may be because they have come to the tail-end of their careers but for some it's because of age limits.

That's right, Connyoung. In men's Olympic football, for example, only 3 players in the 18-man squad can be over 23. Around 10 members of the South Korea team will be over that age next year. Competing in the Olympics will obviously be a career highlight for many, but for South Korean footballers it is a chance to earn military exemption if they win a medal. Some, like Song Bum-keun from Jeonbuk are already exempt, but for others it could have a huge impact on how their careers pan out. Teams in Europe can be put off if a player has to go to the army.

Given what's at stake, will this require a change in the rules? What have the Korean Football Association said about this?

Yes, it will. And so the Korean Football Association have written to the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to request a change in the rules and allow players who were 23 at the time of the original Olympics to be able to play. They have said that it is "unfair" for their players not to be able to compete due to age restrictions.

With millions around the world who were set to watch the Olympics, the postponement is sure to cause complications with broadcasters too.

Absolutely, in the U.S. for instance, NBC Universal had sold 90% of its commercials for the Games, worth 1.25 billion dollars. For the IOC themselves, over 90% of its income comes from broadcasting rights. It's believed that a lot of these advertisers will switch to next year, but logistically there is an enormous amount of work involved. NBC are working on contingency plans and have a lot of staff already in Japan but are facing a "significant content crisis."

Thank-you for that update, Paul. We will see you next week.
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