Postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: stress-testing governance in the Olympic system and limitations to Agenda 2020

The global emergency imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic in the first months of 2020 has been disrupting virtually every aspect in society, and has caused the postponement of the Olympic Games for the first time ever. While the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was absolutely reasonable, and potentially inevitable, the process that led to this decision demands some careful observation. This paper aims to briefly analyze this process, based on the sequence of official statements provided by the International Olympic Committee, and the movements by other relevant stakeholders within the Olympic System that could be observed in the media, using a critical approach based on the expectations created by some of the recommendations in Agenda 2020.
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Subjects: Olympic Summer Games 2020 organizing 2020 2021 IOC administration sport politics management development
Notations: sport history and sport politics management and organisation of sport organisations and events
Tagging: Coronavirus
DOI: 10.30937/2526-6314.v4.id90
Published in: Olimpianos - Journal of Olympic Studies
Published: 2020
Volume: 4
Pages: 49-63
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced