Olympic games in doubt for 2021

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It is the ultimate goal for many athletes to compete in the Olympic Games and represent their country on the international stage.

Years of training, sacrifice, and hard work come down to a two week period every four years.

Even then there is no guarantee top athletes can compete. An athlete may hit their top stride in between Olympic years or an injury could end a career suddenly.

This year's Olympic Games in Tokyo were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduled to July 2021.

That year could mean a huge shift in the dynamics of the games.

Hosting the Games is a huge undertaking for any country. Although there is a lot of pride in being the host country there is also a huge cost involved.

Some Games are a great success while others can be looked on as a failure.

The postponement of the Tokyo games has already cost Japan a lot of money. Initial reports said the cost could be as high as $6 billion, however that has now been reassessed at around $2 billion, already making this the second most expensive Olympic Games in history.

The cost overrun is causing tension between the Japanese government and International Olympic Committee over who will foot the bill for the delay.

With the one year delay in hosting the games there is still uncertainty whether the games could even be held in 2021 given the current situation with the world-wide COVD-19 pandemic.

The rising costs of having an entire Olympic Village and all the sporting venues sitting idle is causing a lot of problems.

Already, about 33 per cent of Japanese citizens think the Games should just be cancelled citing the fact that many people don't believe the virus will be contained anytime soon. Another 36 per cent think the postponement should be pushed back even further.

If the current international situation doesn't improve soon there' a good chance the IOC may just pull the plug and reconvene in another four years.

With the huge undertaking and expense of building Olympic Venues in new cities around the globe every year, it may be time to create a permanent Olympic venue that could be maintained annually by contributions from participating sporting countries.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times