Postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Olympic Games which will begin on Friday in Tokyo retain their designations of origin, Olympic Games 2020 and Tokyo 2020.
No, we haven’t gone back to the past. But officially, it is indeed the 2020 Olympic Games which will open in Tokyo on July 23, 2021. Like the Euro football, the Olympics have been postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 health crisis. And like the European Championship, the Games have retained their appellation of origin. “For symbolic reasons, the Games will keep the same name: Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, in consultation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on March 24, 2020 during the announcement of the postponement of the Games.
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Economic and ecological reasons
“We keep Tokyo 2020, confirmed Denis Masseglia, the former CNOSF boss at RMC Sport. Everything has been done for 2020, it seems normal to me that we keep the Tokyo 2020 brand. no problem for me that is the case. “
Everywhere in the Japanese capital, from signs to medals and goodies, it is only a question of Tokyo 2020. But if the organizers put forward symbolic reasons, we must above all remember marketing, economic and ecological reasons. Because changing everything that has been stamped “Tokyo 2020” into “Tokyo 2021” would have represented a significant additional cost for a negative impact on the planet from an ecological point of view. In view of the serious financial repercussions resulting from the postponement of the Games for a year, the IOC wanted to limit “damage”.