The Olympic Sized Conundrum by Thomas Price
This year's Olympics has been marred by COVID, athlete dropouts, and empty stadiums. According to a friend who lives in Japan, there are no Olympic watch parties, fireworks, or spectators...
The 2021 Olympics (being played in the summer of 2021) looks like a blast from the past. Yet, all the decals are actually "2020," which is ironic because the Olympic committee had an extra year to prepare for all of the various challenges facing this year's Olympics, including figuring out how to create easy ways to stream and broadcast play.
Unfortunately, this year's Olympics has been marred by COVID-19, athlete dropouts, and empty stadiums. According to a friend who lives in Japan, there are no Olympic watch parties, fireworks, or spectators. In addition, the athletes are not allowed out of the Olympics area, and no one else is allowed in.
According to him, "What a waste this is…." He also mentioned that Japan prioritized the Olympics over mass vaccination distribution, so the people of Japan resent the Olympics. — With this level of added pressure and disorganization, it makes sense why athletes like Simone Biles are struggling with mental health issues. — The Olympics, which have always been executed with crowds, is supposed to showcase the world's best talent.
While the large countries have been largely successful, the sports themselves have been hardly seen as American audiences claim they can't find competition. In addition, the committee's choice to air the games via complicated streaming apps and random cable channels has kept viewership down. All in all, this has been an Olympic-sized failure.
We can all admit that this has been a failure while still appreciating the brave athletes to make the travel. Unfortunately, Covid is still roaming the quarters with Australia's team suspending play due to an outbreak. Will we finish the Olympics? Who knows. We know that the 2021 Olympics will be remembered, but for all the wrong reasons.