Law Offices of Howard L. Jacobs
Call Today 800-854-0583

IOC says Tokyo games to proceed

The International Olympic Committee announced in mid-February that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would proceed regardless of the coronavirus outbreak. At the time, China was the primary locale for this flu-like virus. It has since spread into Europe, the Middle East and North America. Major sporting events (soccer, golf, cycling, track and field, rugby, tennis, formula 1 racing, and others) have been canceled or held in empty stadiums in Europe mainly but elsewhere too. Ostensibly, this prevents thousands of people from congregating and spreading this highly contagious virus.

Sports are just one part of this virus's global impact. Some universities are already planning on moving all current classes online for the spring of 2020. Significant conventions like SXSW in Austin, Texas, announced its cancellation just days before it was scheduled to start. Moreover, U.S. citizens are concerned about going to polling places to vote in the presidential primaries.

Athletes face unique challenges

There are more announcements every day about travelers using cruise ships, visiting Asia or coming into contact with someone who has - Senator Ted Cruz is in self-quarantine after coming in contact with someone at a political event in Maryland. Nevertheless, elite-level athletes continue their training schedule with the idea of peaking in late July when the Olympics take place.

Olympic hopeful Molly Huddle recently wrote about trying to train for the marathon despite the canceled or revised races (where only top runners compete to get points for Olympic qualification). This begs the point: The Olympics may go on, but athletes will have a hard time qualifying if there are no races to log qualifying times. Moreover, there other challenges caused by the spread of the virus and the cancellation of races. These include:

  • Fewer appearance fees
  • Fewer sponsorship contracts
  • Fewer cash bonuses for winning or meeting performance goals

Huddle also talked about not getting her usual shoe order in because shoe factories in China have shut down.

Next few weeks could be crucial

Here in early March, the virus is now in the United States. Italy, which has been hit particularly hard by the virus, has shut down all sporting activities until April at the earliest. The only sure thing is athletes will continue to train. Whether any of them will be able to compete in Tokyo remains to be seen. Still, the global impact of the coronavirus has already changed the face of the upcoming games, whether officials admit it or not.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Law Offices of Howard L. Jacobs | 31111 Agoura Rd., Suite 225 |Westlake Village, CA 91361 | Phone: 800-854-0583 | Fax: 805-418-9899 | Map & Directions