(Liberty Bell) – The coronavirus has left a wide swath of destruction in its path as it has made its way across the globe, and only a small fraction of that is actually physical. Believe it or not, most of the damage that’s been done has been either economic or cultural or in most cases, both.
A good case in point is the announcement from the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shunzo, who along with the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, announced that the 2020 Olympics have been postponed until 2021.
This will put a damper on the country of Japan’s economic aspirations as the games were expected to bring in a whole lot of cash and stimulate their economy.
Here’s more on this from Gateway Pundit:
Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committeehttps://t.co/XNcaa4Gvx8
— Olympics (@Olympics) March 24, 2020
This is the first time the Olympics have been postponed.
The Olympic Games were cancelled during World War I and World War II.
1916 Summer Olympics
1940 Summer Olympics
1940 Winter Olympics
1944 Summer Olympics
1944 Winter Olympics
From their statement:
In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.
The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
This is truly sad to see, as the Olympic Games, especially the ones held in summer, are some of the greatest displays of altheticism from around the world. They’re quite a spectacle to see and are a major cultural event the whole globe celebrates together.
In a world that is more and more divided because of politics, it’s becoming even more imperative for us all to have things that we can celebrate together that will bring us back together.
The effects of the coronavirus are proving to be more and more destructive. Not only are people dying but the very culture we have right now has shifted and changed almost overnight, in very dramatic, drastic ways. We’re all sort of stunned and doing our best to play catch up.
By the time we do, things will probably go back to normal, if that’s even possible at this point. Until that time, we just have to sit tight and hope for the best, being good to one another and focus on our shared experiences with this virus in order to stay connected.