This buildup to the Tokyo 2020 (2021*) Games has been nothing like anything we have seen before. With all that has happened surrounding Covid-19, this is really unprecedented. However, while the pandemic and the subsequent delay is of course the biggest story, there are many that have flown under the radar to the general public. Here is some important news regarding some of the national teams surrounding the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Russia

Team serving a ban

Probably the most publicized and apparent is the situation regarding Russia’s national team. As you may have heard the Russian national team is currently serving a suspension of two…


Will the Japanese only crowd really impact the results of the Olympics and Paralympics?

So you’ve all probably heard about the decision that was made late last month regarding restricting foreigners at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. After a couple weeks of rumours circulating that a decision had been made internally regarding barring the entry of foreign spectators and volunteers, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee released a statement on their website on March 20th to make it official. The statement essentially summed up their reasons for said decision, while showing ticket buyers a method for a refund.

Crowds at London 2012. Photo via: Youtube.com

While by the time the decision was made public it was hardly a surprise, the…


Some recent updates for volunteer hopefuls

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We all know that the Tokyo 2020 Game’s viability is still in question. There are repeated reassurances given by leaders and organizers that the games will go on, but until the games are actually a full go there will continue to be a shroud of doubt. For athletes, fans and volunteers however, there has been an increased amount of communication as of late, that would suggest that the preparation for the games are fully underway.

Most recently those who are volunteering have received emails regarding a two page leaflet, a pdf of goods that will be provided and a schedule…


The Story of Bill Mather-Brown

I live in a realm of fantasy where I’m alive and free. I live in a world of madness where nobody’s mad but me. If poetry is madness like walking in the rain, I’d rather be happy in madness than only be sad but sane. — Neil Parkinson

Today the Paralympics is a massive international event, drawing in thousands of competitors, and countless spectators worldwide. They have continually shown growth each event, and the delayed Tokyo 2020 games were set to be the biggest yet. There is certainly an air of prestige surrounding the Paralympics now, but for a long…


What the recent visit from the IOC President, Thomas Bach told us about Tokyo’s new image of sterility

It is no secret that the Tokyo 2020 games will have a completely different complexion than any games before it. While the Olympic and Paralympic games change locations every four years, giving us new flavours in the form of cultural differences, the general concepts of the games often remain very much the same: celebration, competition and unity. There are even terms that the IOC and IPC promote to organizers to ensure that the image of the games remains constant. …


How one Olympian is opting to raise funds for her dream of competing at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.

Canadian Olympian Noelle Montcalm training outside.

It’s no secret that a lot of people are hurting emotionally, physically and economically due to the lasting effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic. It has been roughly 11 months since the initial outbreak was reported to the World Health Organization by Chinese officials, but it feels much longer than that. Since then, over a million people have tragically lost their lives and many more have suffered financially. Countries are constantly having to change their approach to handle the virus, resulting in many restrictions in various industries and the cancellation of many high-profile events.

Here in Japan, a lot has been…


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If athletes break coronavirus procedures, what kind of repercussions could there be?

We’ve seen a variety of sports trudge through the murky cloud that is the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Some sporting organizations opted to go to extreme lengths to continue their season. Most notably the NBA and NHL. While those who opted for this bubble approach ultimately succeeded in keeping Covid-19 at bay, other sports leagues who’ve allowed for more individual freedoms like the NFL, are seeing cases popping up at random.

For these professional leagues, where the revenue is billions of dollars, with players and coaches being payed hundred of thousands if not millions; there is so much financial incentives for…


What future host cities can learn from the postponement of the 2020 Summer Games

IOC Vice President John Coates (left) and Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori (right) addressing the media. photo via Tokyo 2020/Shugo Takemi

The Tokyo 2020 Games are the first Olympic Games to ever be delayed. Yes we have had the cancellations of previous games (1916, 1940 & 1944), but those were all due to the outbreak of World War 1 and World War 2. Others such as the 1980 Moscow Games and 1984 Los Angeles Games were also altered, as both games experienced plenty of boycotts from various countries. This was of course due to the political tension between the USA and the Soviet Union.


The message from leadership seems to say so.

The Tokyo 2020 Games have been stuck in limbo for the past several months. With everything going on in the world, the Summer Games are rarely at the forefront of most peoples’ minds. But for athletes, organisers and those covering the leadup to the event, the uncertainty is palpable. I’ve personally had to go on a little break from writing about Tokyo 2020, due to the letdown of the delay. While it may feel like no progress has actually occurred since the announcement of the delay in March, some major happenings have recently sparked some conversations. …


A difficult decision looming.

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In the past few weeks, we’ve been seeing more and more positive news about potential Covid-19 vaccine candidates. As of August 8th, there are 7 different candidates in phase three of clinical trials; meaning large scale testing. Russia announced in late July that they would push to have their vaccine approved by late August, and possibly begin mass production in September. While this decision is shrouded in secrecy and skepticism, it is progress. Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been rather pessimistic when it comes the speed of vaccines, but has also recently…

Shotaro Honda Moore

A writer living in Japan. Creating articles about the 2020 Tokyo Games. A regular contributor to Junkture Magazine. https://www.junkturemagazine.com

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