WORST OF TIMES
Forget faster, higher, stronger or Covid-19 will torch Tokyo
Right now, sport is anything but unifying in Japan, where citizens are, rightly, rising up against the Olympic Games
Much has been said about sport’s unifying qualities. Yes, it has the ability to bring together disparate cultures, religions and so on, but it often unites people behind a common cause too, as we are witnessing in Japan.
The Olympic Games is often held up as the ultimate unifier. When 200-odd countries set aside their differences for a fortnight and deliver unscripted drama on sport’s brightest stage, it provides powerful optics. It is perhaps for that reason politicians and sponsors are so drawn to the Games.
Notwithstanding the boycotts of 1976 (Montreal), 1980 (Moscow) and 1984 (Los Angeles), the show has always gone on, but this year is different, as the world deals with a redoubtable and deadly adversary in Covid-19...