onsdag 25. mars 2020

'Massively let down': disappointment in Japan after Tokyo Olympics postponed

On Tuesday, the Tokyo 2020 countdown clock showed there were just 122 days to go before the Olympics opening ceremony. By Wednesday morning, the clock, outside the Tokyo station building, simply displayed the current date and time. The switch was so sudden that commuters paused to take photos.

The countdown clock will be reset as soon as organisers and the International Olympic Committee [IOC] decide when, exactly, a supposedly post-coronavirus world is ready for the second coming of the Tokyo Games. Hours after Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, confirmed that the Games would be held “no later than next summer”, some Tokyoites were conflicted about their reaction.