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官宣:2020东京奥运会因冠状病毒疫情推迟至2021年Tokyo 2020 Olympics are postponed amid coronavirus pandemic



作者:Jabari Young

原文链接: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/24/japan-pm-abe-says-he-agreed-with-iocs-bach-on-the-idea-of-delaying-the-tokyo-olympics-for-one-year.html

要点:

--官员在周二宣布,由于冠状病毒大流行,2020年奥运会将推迟一年左右;

--夏季奥运会原定于7月24日开始;

--国际奥林匹克委员会表示,奥运会将“不迟于2021年夏天”举行。

官员周二宣布,国际奥委会推迟了原定于2020年7月24日在东京召开的奥运会和残奥会。


日本首相安倍晋三表示,他和国际奥委会主席同意将东京2020年奥运会推迟约一年。国际奥委会表示,原定于8月9日结束的奥运会将“不迟于2021年夏季”举行。残奥会原定于8月25日至9月6日举行。

美国国家广播公司(NBC)是2032年之前所有夏季和冬季奥运会的美国转播权持有者。美国国家广播公司体育发言人说,美国国家广播公司了解国际奥委会推迟举办奥运会的决定。该公司还表示,正在与广告商合作,为明年的重新安排活动做准备。


安倍与国际奥委会主席托马斯·巴赫(Thomas Bach)通电话后,决定在冠状病毒大流行日益担忧的情况下推迟了奥运会。


当病毒开始传播到全球大流行时,东京已经做好了准备。安倍表示,尽管坚持奥运会要按计划进行数月之久,但本周表示,如果不能举行全部赛事,那么延误可能是不可避免的。


这项协议是在全球范围内取消或推迟比赛的呼声越来越高之后达成的。周末,加拿大奥林匹克委员会和加拿大残奥会退出了2020年夏季奥运会。他们在一份声明中说,加拿大官员还要求国际奥委会将奥运会推迟到明年。


安倍晋三周一向国会表示:“如果国际奥委会的决定意味着不可能像我以前所说的那样以'完整的形式'举行(奥运会),那么就必须做出推迟举行奥运会的决定。”日经亚洲评论。


他的评论是对国际奥委会执行委员会周日发表的声明的回应,该声明说取消活动“不会解决任何问题或帮助任何人。因此,取消不在议程之列。”


东京最后一次举办奥运会是1964年。最初于日本首都举行的1940年夏季奥运会因第二次世界大战而被取消。

日本银行估计,到2020年将有3,300万游客访问东京,“与奥运会相关的建筑投资总额将达到10万亿日元”(约920亿美元)。

日本央行前董事会成员白井纱百合(Sayuri Shirai)告诉CNBC,取消奥运会将伤害日本企业,称此事“严重”。她补充说,日本政府“不想谈论”如果取消奥运会将对日本造成的经济打击。

由于冠状病毒,在世界范围内暂停了一系列针对职业运动的季节性休赛。 NBA,NHL,MLB均已延迟或暂停比赛。 NFL取消了原定于4月23日在拉斯维加斯举行的2020选秀的个人比赛。NFL尚未决定是否推迟或暂停下个赛季的比赛,该赛季将从9月开始。



KEY POINTS


  • The 2020 Olympics will be delayed about a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Tuesday.

  • The Summer Games were originally scheduled to start on July 24.

  • The International Olympics Committee said the games will take place “no later than summer 2021.”

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the biggest sporting event in the world — the Summer Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee postponed the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, officials announced Tuesday. The event was scheduled to start July 24 in Tokyo. 


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he and the head of the International Olympic Committee agreed to delay the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo for about a year. The games, which had been scheduled to end Aug. 9, will take place “no later than summer 2021,” the IOC said. The Paralympic Games had been scheduled for Aug. 25 to Sept. 6.

NBC is the U.S. broadcast rights holder to all Summer and Winter Games through the year 2032 An NBC Sports spokesperson said NBC it understood the IOC’s decision to push back the Olympics. The company also said it is working with its advertisers to prepare for the rescheduled events next year.

Abe spoke to reporters after a phone call with IOC President Thomas Bach on postponing the Games amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Tokyo had completed preparations when the virus started spreading into a worldwide pandemic. Despite insisting for months the Olympics would go ahead as planned, Abe said this week a delay may be unavoidable if the entire events could not be held.

The agreement comes after rising calls around the world to cancel or postpone the games. The Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee withdrew the from the 2020 Summer Games over the weekend. Canadian officials also requested the IOC postpone the Olymptics until next year, they said in a statement.

“If the IOC’s decision means it becomes impossible to hold [the Olympics] in a ‘complete form,’ as I have previously said, then a decision may have to be made to postpone them,” Abe told Parliament on Monday, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. His comments were in response to Sunday’s statement from the IOC executive board that said canceling the event “would not solve any of the problems or help anybody. Therefore, cancellation is not on the agenda.” Tokyo last hosted the Olympics in 1964. The 1940 Summer Games, originally to be held in the capital of Japan, were canceled because of World War II. The Bank of Japan estimated 33 million visitors were set to visit Tokyo in 2020 and “aggregate construction investment associated with the Olympic Games will amount to a total of 10 trillion yen” (about $92 billion). Former BOJ board member Sayuri Shirai told CNBC a cancellation of the games would hurt businesses in Japan, calling the issue “serious.” She added the government “doesn’t want to talk about” the economic hit Japan would suffer if the games are canceled. The postponement of the Olympics follows a slew of season suspensions for professional sports around the world due to the coronavirus. The NBA, NHL, MLB have all delayed or suspended games. The NFL canceled the in-person event for the 2020 draft, which was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas on April 23. The NFL has not made a decision on whether or not to delay or suspend its next season, which starts in September.


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