Biden: Decision on Holding the Tokyo 2020 Olympics “Must be Based on Science”

by Spencer Penland 57

February 09th, 2021 International, News, Tokyo 2020

U.S. President Joe Biden recently spoke on the likelihood of the Olympics taking place this Summer in Tokyo. Appearing on a Westwood One Sports radio show that was broadcast at halftime of the Super Bowl on Sunday, President Biden said that any decision regarding the Olympics being held this year “must be based on science.”

Biden recently spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who he says is “working very hard to be in a position to safely open the Games, to have the Games.” He added that he “feels such pain” for the Olympians who would be missing out on the opportunity they’ve trained for years for, if in fact, the Games are not able to take place. The president finished his remarks by saying “We are a science-driven administration, I think the rest of the world’s there too. I hope we can play, I hope it’s possible, but it remains to be seen.”

Biden’s words come on the heels of an interview Tokyo Organizing Committee member Haruyuki Takahashi recently gave, wherein he stated that the future of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics could well depend on the support of Joe Biden. Takahashi went on to say that a strong, positive statement by the U.S. president in favor of the Games going ahead would help gain momentum for the Committee going forward with the plans.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were moved back by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in recent weeks, a wave of conflicting reports have emerged regarding the likelihood of the Olympics taking place in Tokyo this summer. After a report that Japanese officials internally were concerned Tokyo would not be able to successfully move forward with the Olympics this year, which was disputed by the Japanese government, the U.S. state of Florida offered to host the event.

Most recently, the Tokyo 2020 President, Yoshiro Mori, stated that the Olympics would take place regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic. IOC President Thomas Bach also recently reaffirmed the IOC’s commitment to going through with the Games, which are scheduled to begin July 23rd. Prime Minister Suga also confirmed that Japan’s intention is still set on moving forward with the Games.

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Floater
5 months ago

Please tell me this isn’t a Jimmy Carter rerun?

He Said What?
Reply to  Floater
5 months ago

That was MY first thought as well.

Mark Nedza
Reply to  Floater
5 months ago

Hopefully we’ll know by July 22nd.

cynthia curran
Reply to  Floater
5 months ago

Well, there is now the vaccination but you have to be 65 and older or an essential worker, Instead, Biden should be more interested in beefing up semi-conductor plants since there are chip shortages for chips in cars or computers.

charlie alvarez
Reply to  cynthia curran
5 months ago

Biden’s extremist agenda is so controversial that even even LGBT activists like Martina Navratilova have come out against him for his radical transgender agenda that will allow men to compete with women.
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/sport/tennis/tennis-legend-martina-navratilova-leading-challenge-to-joe-bidens-transgender-athletes-policy/ar-BB1ds0WC

Make the Olympics Great Again
5 months ago

😴😴😴😴😴

HoosierDaddy
5 months ago

President Biden should work with the legendary, amazing, spectacular Coach Looze of Bloomington, Indiana. He will know what to do in this unprecedented sitaution and ensure the athletes of the world are safe!

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  HoosierDaddy
5 months ago

ah yes, world renowned infectious disease research Doctor Ray Looze Phd

Dudeman
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
5 months ago

he’s gotta figure out the 4th quadrant of population control first

Blackflag82
Reply to  Dudeman
5 months ago

I love the 4th quadrant comments because they always bring a smile to my face and they reveal who the true super star commenters are.

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Dudeman
5 months ago

You are clearly the superior Swim meme lord. Only finely cultured memers know the fourth Quadrant. I tip my hat to you

swimmer dude
Reply to  HoosierDaddy
5 months ago

he sure knew how to keep bruno healthy right….

Hswimmer
5 months ago

Well he said he had a plan to slow the virus, What happened? There are more deaths now than ever and the vaccine is out. Shouldn’t be “up to science” to have the Olympics. They can still go on.

Americanegoism
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

You know as well as everyone else does that changes in deaths lag behind changes in cases. He’s had 19 days to try to recover from the disaster that was left to him.

There are not more deaths now than ever, over the last week numbers of deaths have dipped. Number of cases have dropped dramatically, and the drop in deaths will follow closely behind.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Americanegoism
5 months ago

So yeah just blame trump when he said he had a plan to stop it. Nothing has been done differently.

He Said What?
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

What plan?

Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

Biden plan is a continuation of 45s plan

thezwimmer
Reply to  Americanegoism
5 months ago

The numbers of reported cases. Statistics can be manipulated to show what needs to be shown to fit an agenda.

Americanegoism
Reply to  thezwimmer
5 months ago

Y’all are wild.

Last edited 5 months ago by Americanegoism
Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Americanegoism
5 months ago

“there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.”

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

I guess he could look at some recent case studies using NCAA Football, NBA and NFL as examples of holding stadium/arena type sporting events where athletes are in close contact with one another. We’ve also had track and field along with swimming events all summer as well. The answer is a canned one because lets be honest, Joe doesn’t know much about the topic and shouldn’t be focused on it. He should defer to the actual scientists, health experts, and event organizers on this.

Troyy
5 months ago

The political speak is strong in this one. Just gives us a straight answer with no buzzwords.

Hmmmm
Reply to  Troyy
5 months ago

If they don’t know the answer right now then that’s all there is to it. It drives me crazy when people expect decisions like this to just be a simple yes or no. Nothing about this situation is simple, and it’s important to remember that the decision to have the olympics is not up to Biden. What would you have had him say?

Doconc
Reply to  Hmmmm
5 months ago

He should have said “yes, we have the super bowl, Daytona 500, Phoenix golf etc- we can host the Olympics if Japan won’t

Feeble joe likely won’t be in charge then anyway

Hmmmm
Reply to  Doconc
5 months ago

Honestly I was waiting for someone to bring up the Super Bowl. There’s a big difference between two teams and limited fans going to a stadium for one game versus athletes from countries around the world, along with coaches, support staff, and fans arriving in one location for a few weeks.

Doconc
Reply to  Hmmmm
5 months ago

How about 5000 fans at a golf tournament? Same duration and lots of nationalities

Fearful People just looking for reasons to cancel

Olympunks & Gamester Bullies
Reply to  Troyy
5 months ago

Just read the Italian version for clarity.

Stop Da Cap
5 months ago

And we should wear 2 masks two right bc science? No reason for them not to safely happen… stop with the politics

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Stop Da Cap
5 months ago

To be fair the two mask statement from Fauci had nothing to do with science. The reporter asked him a question that he wasn’t prepared for and he took a guess. He should have said he didn’t know because he wasn’t familiar with the research on the topic.

Time Keeper
Reply to  Stop Da Cap
5 months ago

Can’t figure out how so many people on here are leading experts on the pandemic and yet somehow don’t know the difference between 2, two, to, and too….

DrSwimPhil
5 months ago

Ask him about the science of school openings….

“Follow the science!”

Escalade
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
5 months ago

And the science of biological males participating in female sports

SwimFani
5 months ago

Joey Biden has science behind him…he is pretty crafty and funny. Perhaps our best President ever – if he really is the president?

He Said What?
Reply to  SwimFani
5 months ago

Give it a rest.

Hillbilly
Reply to  SwimFani
5 months ago

Trump lost go cry elsewhere