Coronavirus and the new season

Apple1078

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Do they even know if OG will be next year? I just realized in about 2 weeks there is only 1 year left. That is crazy close!!
I guess if Tokyo happens, Beijing will happen, too. Last thing I heard was that Japan is adamant that Tokyo will happen. I'm just not sure how without a massive effort to get everyone vaccinated and I'm not even sure if that's possible. We'll see.

But you're absolutely right; it's crazy close!!
 

1111bm

Final Flight
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Dec 31, 2016
I think it will be difficult pushing worlds to Autumn, especially in an Olympic season, because skaters would have to peak twice within a couple of months, first worlds and then in Beijing.
And what about new programs, they would need competitions before Worlds to get some mileage with those.
 

moonvine

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I guess if Tokyo happens, Beijing will happen, too. Last thing I heard was that Japan is adamant that Tokyo will happen. I'm just not sure how without a massive effort to get everyone vaccinated and I'm not even sure if that's possible. We'll see.

But you're absolutely right; it's crazy close!!
I’m not sure either. I had mentioned in another thread that there’s been a suggestion the UN make the call.
But it is only a suggestion.
Tokyo is in a bad spot. If they actually want to have an Olympics, with paying spectators (I’m sure they could give away tickets and get the impression of crowded venues), they might be better served to wait. I’d expect it to be a very small Olympics, with few countries participating, if they were to have it as scheduled. Just my opinion though. I could be 110% wrong.
 
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Amei

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I’m not sure either. I had mentioned in another thread that there’s been a suggestion the UN make the call.
But it is only a suggestion.
Tokyo is in a bad spot. If they actually want to have an Olympics, with paying spectators (I’m sure they could give away tickets and get the impression of crowded venues), they might be better served to wait. I’d expect it to be a very small Olympics, with few countries participating, if they were to have it as scheduled. Just my opinion though. I could be 110% wrong.

More politicians involved, nothing can go wrong there! :rofl:
 

1111bm

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Based on current projected timelines for vaccination in the countries that would realistically be competing at the Winter Olympics, I think the Beijing Games are fine.
But that doesn't take into account the time the athletes need to get ready and gather competition experience in the season leading up to the Olympics, plus qualifying events. I don't know anything about the other winter sports, but for skating it is pretty clear that the season needs to start in the late summer (never mind that with those few opportunities to compete, this season is already pretty much 'lost' and many didn't get the chance to built momentum, gain experience, slowly building up to new elements etc.).
 

Harriet

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The Japanese government seems to have shifted its position rather, according to this article (mostly behind a paywall, but the first two paragraphs cover the main points anyway).
 

YuBluByMe

Final Flight
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Mar 21, 2018
Don’t scare me like that! I swear my heart stopped for a second. The 2021 Olympics hasn’t been cancelled. .....yet.

If it does, my heart goes out to the athletes. Especially the runners. That will truly be devastating.
 
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