The GIST: With 57 days until the Olympics and 89 until the Paralympics in Tokyo, it’s time for a status update. Spoiler alert: it’s not great.
The latest: Yesterday, Japan’s (and the world’s!) second-largest newspaper by circulation, Asahi Shimbun, is the latest organization to , just two days after the U.S. government and the CDC warned Americans against travel to Japan.
- And Asahi’s call is not self-serving. The newspaper is an official Olympic partner, and therefore could stand to lose big bucks if the Games don’t go on.
- Top doctors in Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, have for cancellation, citing the overwhelming stress on their health-care system.
The teams: In the early days of the pandemic, the Canadian Olympic Committee was among the first to pull their athletes out of the Games, and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee was in before organizers decided to pull the plug on last summer’s event.
- One postponement and 14 months later, it looks like both Team Canada and Team USA are committed to attending the Games...for now.
- Given the uncharted territory, we’re not sure when the International Olympic Committee will make a final decision, if at all.