Coronavirus Is Serious
The Olympics were scheduled to start this July, but after several discussions, it has been postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak. If you don’t know already, the phrase to follow right now is social distancing. Nobody should be around a group of 10 or more. The Olympics is the largest sporting event in the world, where hundreds of thousands gather to watch the world’s best athletes compete in a variety of sports.
With each new day, the coronavirus has more negative effects. More people are getting laid off from their jobs as the weeks go by, and several businesses are changing the way they do business. Major professional sports leagues like the NCAA, NBA, NHL, and XFL have already suspended their seasons. Although the cancellation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is not a huge surprise due to the coronavirus pandemic, it still has significant implications.
The New York Times reported that this “postponement came after Olympics officials in the United States, which sends the largest delegations of athletes to the Games, urged a postponement and Canada said it would not send its athletes.” Brazil and Australia were also in favor of not sending their athletes and holding off until 2021.
Many athletes were concerned about training in a country with so many people. Between all the employees of the arenas, athletes, trainers, commentators, fans, and more, one is looking at thousands of people in one place, which defeats social distancing.
The scariest part about this virus is that many people have it but don’t know. Many don’t know because they can’t afford to get tested, and others don’t show any symptoms. What would happen if thousands of people attending the Olympic games spread the virus? It would be tragic, so one can see why they had to cancel. In addition to that, Tokyo invested somewhere around $10 billion into the Olympics.
One of the biggest effects the cancellation of the Olympics has is on Snapchat. 2 months ago, Snapchat partnered with NBC to “bring exclusive coverage of the 2020 Olympics that’s already being broadcasted on NBC” directly to their platform.
NBC was expected to bring in $1.2 billion in profit from this move. Unfortunately, Snapchat, NBC, and Tokyo won’t see that money until next year. In the meantime, make sure that you continue practicing social distancing, and check the HVMA site for new updates about the coronavirus.