Sunday, May 16, 2021

Biden: We have not decided to participate in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 due to Covid-19

US President Joe Biden has confirmed that it is still not known whether the United States will send a team to the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to Covid-19.

Biden focused during a radio interview on the issue of ethnic diversity, at a time when the American National Football League teams faced charges of systematic racism for their failure to promote minority coaches to senior positions, according to what was published by Agence France-Presse.

The United States’ participation in the Tokyo Olympics 2020
Biden said of the US participation in the Tokyo Olympics 2020: “I hope we can play, I hope it is possible, but that has not yet been demonstrated,” stressing that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga “is working hard to be in a position to open the Games safely. “.
The Japanese government, organizers, and Olympic officials insist that the Games be held next summer, stressing that extensive anti-virus measures will ensure a safe event.

Racial diversity in the American Football League
When asked in the interview about the “Super Bowl” final two stages of American football with “Westwood One”, Biden said if he believed the games would go ahead, Biden said that any decision “must be based on science.”
When asked if he has any NFL advice to go forward, Biden said the teams should “come out and look, there are a lot of African American coaches who are highly qualified.”

Biden added, “I don’t understand why they couldn’t find – because they exist – many qualified African American trainers who should be in the ranks of the professionals from my point of view.”

FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks with the Olympic rings in the background in the Odaiba section in Tokyo. Opposition to the Tokyo Olympics is growing with calls for a cancellation as virus cases rise in Japan. The International Olympic Committee and local organizers have already said another postponement is impossible, leaving cancellation, or going ahead, as the only options. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Cost of postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Tokyo 2020 organizers estimated the cost of postponing to next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic at 294 billion yen (about $ 2.83 billion).
The cost of postponing the Olympics will be divided into an additional $ 1.5 billion for operations and $ 900 million for spending on pandemic control measures in 2021.

The organizing committee is expected to pay 203 billion yen (about 990 million dollars), the central government 71 billion yen (about 682.6 billion dollars), while the Tokyo metropolitan government will pay 120 billion yen (about 1.15 billion dollars).
The world awaits the opening of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on July 23, 2021.

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