Finally, the most awaited multi-sport event in the world is happening in a couple of days. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be held in Tokyo, Japan from 23 Jul 2021 to 8 Aug 2021. More than 11,000+ athletes from 200 nations will compete during 17 days in Tokyo and the surrounding areas.
All eyes are on this complex event not just because it is the most anticipated sporting event but also for all the controversy over holding the event when Japan has declared a state of emergency. Let’s remember that the Summer Olympics 2020 were postponed for the first time ever due to the global pandemic.
Despite the extreme logistical challenges for the organizer and the mass movement of people around the country, the Organizing Committee announced that there will not be spectators at the arenas.
Appears that this massive event will be the most expensive in history. Beside all the years of preparation and effort, the operational cost stretched for over a year. Venues cannot be used and it is essential to keep a high level of service and maintenance. Additionally, the implementation for the health and safety protocols not just for the athletes but also the residents, volunteers, press, etc., as safety is top priority.
Certainly, event planners and stakeholders will learn a lot from every aspect of this mass event (accessibility, transportation, accommodation, safety and security, crisis communication plan, emergency response, implement effective crowd control, risk management, technology, etc.).
It’s ironic that last weekend we watched the Copa América 2021 Final at the Maracana Stadium in Brazil with 7,800 fans in the stadium. The UFC 264 fight Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, United States where 20,000 fans were allowed and the European Championship Final England vs. Italy where 67,000+ fans were allowed to be present at the Wembley Stadium in England and this last one we did not appreciate social distance and not face masks during the match. Just food for thought!
The Olympics require a team effort from all the parties involved and we cannot wait to see the outcome.
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