British rowing great Matthew Pinsent has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed again Photo: AFP/File
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British Olympic rowing great Pinsent calls for Tokyo Games to be held in 2024

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By ANDREW COWIE

British rowing great Matthew Pinsent says this year's Tokyo Olympics should be cancelled because of the coronavirus, and the Japanese capital should then replace Paris as the host city for the 2024 Games.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist tweeted that it would be "ludicrous" to host an event with thousands of people flying in from around the world.

The Tokyo Games were meant to take place last year but were postponed after global sport came to a halt as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organizers say the Games will go ahead in 2021 despite a state of emergency declared in the greater Tokyo area after a surge in virus cases.

But Pinsent said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) needed to be show leadership.

"Once again the IOC Olympic Committee) need courageous leadership," he tweeted. "The idea of Olympic athletes/officials/delegations getting vaccine priority is antithetical.

"The risks of an event with 000s (thousands) of people flying round the world to gather unvaccinated is ludicrous."

The 50-year-old rower, who won gold at successive Olympics from 1992 to 2004, added: "My own view is that the Summer Olympic queue should be asked to shift. Tokyo given the option of delaying until 2024, Paris move to 28 and LA (Los Angeles) 32. The athletes lose an Olympics but that's looking likelier by the day."

Pinsent made his comments in response to a survey showing support for the postponed Games had hit a new low in Japan.

Just over 80 percent of those asked by the Kyodo news agency said the Olympics should be cancelled or postponed again -- a jump from around 60 percent in a December survey by the same outlet.

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Japanese capital should then replace Paris as the host city for the 2024 Games.

This is the most logical solution, just push it all back by one 4 year cycle.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist tweeted that it would be "ludicrous" to host an event with thousands of people flying in from around the world.

Thanks for stating whats obvious to everyone but the thick skulls of the Mori & Inc oyajis in charge of it here?

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I think hosting it in 2022 would be more appropriate. They used to host the Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year before they changed it in the 90's. Keep Paris for 2024. Not that big a deal if you have an Olympics 2 years apart. 2024 would mean many athletes would have lost their chance. Also, what to do about the "Athletes' Village" condo problem? Do the Olympics really need an Athletes village? Can't the athletes just stay in hotels? Oh, I guess there is that security problem. No one wants another Munich. What a headache this all is.

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And so it begins.

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Thank you for the common sense suggestion.

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