The NBA, the US Open had the bubble. UFC, fight island.
Tokyo Olympics may need a miracle.
After the pandemic forced organizers to delay the Tokyo 2020 Games last year, the Summer Olympics are now set to begin in six months' time on July 23rd but major questions remain on how Japan plans to pull off what could prove to be the most complex, most risky sporting event ever held.
Even IF it's kept without spectators, it will be one involving more than 11-thousand athletes from more than 2-hundred countries who must be kept safe from a virus that's infected 100 million people and killed more than 2 million.
Earlier this week, the president of the International Olympics Committee Thomas Bach said the event would go ahead.
Let's talk about it.
Joining me tonight: Yoo Jee-ho, Sports writer from Yonhap News and Dr. Alice Tan, Internist at MizMedi Women's Hospital.
First, we're joined by Yoo Jee-ho.
Hey there, Jeeho. Good to see you.
I'm sure the IOC as well as the local organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are faced with the core dilemma of battling COVID-19: should they press ahead with the Games?
They need to weigh the health precautions of course, but there are also financial implications.
Where are the IOC and the local organizers in making the decision six months from the Games?
What logistical checklist of things would the IOC and local organizers need to comb through before making the final verdict, and when would you say is the deadline to make the call?
The IOC and local organizers are expected to roll out "playbooks" next week that lay out what guidelines need to be followed by all parties involved in the Olympics.
Testing prior to taking off from their home countries as well as upon their arrivals in Jaapan AND before entering event venues
You've covered a full season of KBO and the K-League through the pandemic here in South Korea.
How realistic is this for athletes?
The Olympics have been canceled five times and they were all during wartime.
What could the fate of the Tokyo Olympics mean for future Olympics or other international sporting events for athletes?
Yoo Jeeho, Sports writer for Yonhap News many thanks for speaking with us this evening. We appreciate it and hope to see you in the studio sometime soon, Jeeho.
Some medical experts are precautious about the IOC president's pledge to make good on the Tokyo Olympic Games come July 23rd this year.
Let's turn for some healthcare professional's perspective.
We're joined by Dr. Alice Tan.
Dr. Tan, thank you for connecting with us this evening.
Let's begin with the procedural effectiveness or medical feasibility
Providing a negative test result before boarding the flight to Tokyo, upon arrival, and every single time before entering the event venue - so that's before your daily routine, practice, your actual competition
Is this medically feasible? Is it effective?
In response to skepticism of the Olympics and Paralympics taking place this year,
Craig Spence, a spokesman for the International Paralympic Committee, said that contrary to ten months ago when the Olympics were first postponed scientists now know much more about the virus and sports and health officials have learned how to hold sports events during the pandemic.
Vaccines are now available, and that they have still another six months until July 23rd.
Are these good enough reasons to keep the possibility of Olympics alive?
Strictly from a medical professional's perspective, should a massive international event like the Olympics be held this year amid the pandemic?
Dr. Alice Tan, as always, many thanks for your insights and expertise. We appreciate it.