Simon Denyer is an award-winning Washington Post journalist with years of experience working in different cultures and jurisdictions worldwide. He is best known for putting together some of the most insightful articles from different matters. It’s such an insightful article that covered the dire effects of increasing temperatures on the planet that led him and a team of several other journalists at the Post to win the 2020 Pulitzer Prize. In a recent piece, Simon Denyer explained the complex legacy of the Tokyo Olympics.
A global event amid a pandemic
This award-winning Washington Post journalist mentioned that by nearly all measures, the Tokyo Olympics were a success. This is because, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that had caused it to be postponed from 2020 to 2021, the event happened without a hitch. More than 100,000 athletes, coaches, team managers, and media persons traveled to Tokyo for the event. This edition was among the few in its history that have been held during a global crisis.
Simon Denyer mentioned that the problem of holding such a global event amid a pandemic was that fans wouldn’t get a chance to attend. This was in line with the protocols set by the WHO to prevent the spread of the virus. However, this meant that Japan missed a huge opportunity to host hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world.
This Washington Post journalist said that international tourists were expected to inject nearly a billion dollars into Japan’s economy during the duration of the event. Additionally, it would have been an excellent opportunity for the country to market itself to the world. Simon Denyer pointed out that the Tokyo Olympics is estimated to cost nearly $25 billion according to figures released by government auditors upon the event’s conclusion. Japanese taxpayers who footed this massive bill were also denied a chance to watch games in the stadiums.
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