Should the Olympics be held?
It’s one thing to swim, jump, sprint, and ride in empty arenas. But there are now questions about the sporting integrity of the Olympics as more athletes arrive in Tokyo, test positive and have to withdraw. The IOC’s preparedness and health protocols are already under review.
An argument to continue is that athletes, many in disciplines that need their quadrennial spotlights, have been training for years and deserve their chance. But it’s also clear that business considerations drive decisions. This is where the United States comes in. The Olympics are an extremely lucrative exercise. US television station NBC has another 11 years to manage a rights deal worth more than $ 7 billion. Many American companies contribute to the financial success of the Games through sponsorships and invest significant sums.
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