Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
31 Jan 2021
7:00 am

Organisers of Tokyo Olympic Games are bordering on the edge of delusion

Wesley Botton

As sad as it is, it is perhaps best to put everyone out of their misery sooner rather than later and push the "cancel" button.

A woman wearing a protective face mask takes pictures of an Olympic Rings monument near the National Stadium, the main venue of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, in Tokyo, Japan. According to the writer the time has come to pull the plug on the Games. Picture: EPA

In 1906, organisers decided to break tradition by holding what they hoped would be the first biennial Olympic Games. Rather than every four years, as was the plan when the modern Olympics were launched in 1896, they wanted an edition to be held every two years. Hosted by Athens, it was a complete flop and the idea was scrapped. The Olympics works the way it is, and it relies on a few aspects to succeed. So it's starting to seem very desperate that the organisers of the Tokyo Games have still not called it off. Aside from issues that are...