Olympic Games scheduled this summer despite pandemic

Yahir Mondragon Ramirez, Staff reporter

The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo are scheduled to start on July 23, 2021 and end on August 8, 2021, and paralympic games will be celebrated from August 24 until September 5, 2021.  These new dates allow health authorities, athletes, and everyone involved in the organization of the Games the maximum time to handle occurrences from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The name, 2020 Olympic Games will remain as is even though it is a new year because the games were supposed to take place last year in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the Olympic games by 12 months, but members say that another cancellation is no longer an option. Many organizations believe that the games will be held during July due to less COVID-19 cases, vaccination plans, and COVID-19 precautions.

The Olympic games include 33 sports like soccer, swimming, weightlifting, basketball, and more. The Olympic games are expected to have 11,091 athletes competing. Organization committees have also announced that there will be no oversea spectators in order to keep everyone safe. Many of the locals did not like the idea that the games will still be held due to COVID-19. Spectators who have purchased tickets will also receive a full refund.

Even though there will not  be many people during the Olympic events the organizers hope that everyone involved in the games receive vaccines to keep everyone as safe as possible. The organizers have also placed guidelines for athletes, coaches, and spectators to follow during the events. These competitors will even have to stay in the “Olympic Village” to avoid any cases of COVID-19 during the event.

This is the first time the Olympics have been postponed. The Olympics have been cancelled due to World War I and World War II but has never been postponed in history.