insider information: no, Olympics are not cancelled. They will potentially be cancelled, but they are not at the moment. Chances of it happening are still +50%.
this was planned to test the overall reaction of what is now a potential cancellation.
will public support come back?
will there be pieces of positiveness in the media claiming for the Olympics to happen?
of course there are ways in which the Olympics could happen. This doesn't matter at the moment.
in the end this is now a question of money and brand management.
the scenarios are complex and tricky.
If the Games were tomorrow, they would be cancelled. In one month? They would have already been cancelled. In three, still no way for the Games to happen. In six months as we are now - it gets very tricky to know. Even more problematic is the fact that the decision will need to be made very, very soon.
the owner of this website makes some very simplistic assumptions, of "just vaccinate everyone and we'll be fine" - I can assure you venues will not be full and 99% chances foreigners will not be in Tokyo - not in the traditional way at least.
It is way more than just answering the question: "can Olympic happen?". It is more a question of: "is it worthy it to host Olympics even if we can?". And for worthy, don't think of Athletes, fans, etc. This is now a matter of brand management. IOC Brand. Japan as a brand. And yes, the rings. Olympics in itself.
Money and Brand Management. These are the key decision factors to the IOC and Japanese Government. Behind the scenes the Athletes are not as important as you will often read officials quoting.
in one side of the scale you have what the IOC and Japan are hoping for: the Games uniting the world together, extraordinaty audience and money. Think about the opportunity, despite all obvious problems, that this whole global pandemic brings to Olympics - Tokyo has now the potential to beat all the records and be the Olympic of the century, the one everyone will remember, the one that truly goes beyond sports and reaches virtually every person on earth.
this is one side of the scale.
the other is what is potentially the IOC destroying its brand and that of the Olympics, which is its most valuable asset.
because yes, you could potentially have a tragical event, where no one cares, the whole world blames the IOC for hosting the event in the midst of a pandemic with record breaking costs; spikes of cases around Japan; the image of sponsors damaged, and honestly, quite possibly the end of Olympics as we know it - if the IOC and Japan decide to host the event and it all goes wrong.
then, in the middle of the scale, you have what is now a "conservative" option. Cancel it. Yes, it is a big hit. But the IOC can recover from that. Japan can recover from that - and potentially get the 2032 Games straight away. Most of the world would be quite understanding. "It was probably the right thing to do" - the world will say.
On the long run, it would be like the WWII cancelled Olympic Games .
Would you take the risk?
IOC is a very old fashioned Swiss based organisation. It doesn't like running risks.
I don't think Japanese government does it either.
Worst case scenario is to host the Games and it all goes wrong.
Would you take the risk?
They probably will but only if in 30 days or so the situation gets much better than what it is now -
media will play a big part on it as well as the Japanese public support.
Right now the risk is too high.
If a decision was needed to be taken tomorrow (it doesn't) the Games would be cancelled. This is how these news should be read.
If you want Olympics to happen - pray for things to get better in the next 30 days - countries getting vaccines, media pieces supporting Olympics to happen, increase in Japanese public support, etc.