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Are the Olympics Finally an Equal Gender Playing Field?

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In 1896, the first modern Olympic games were held in Athens and there was not a woman as a competitor. And now at the 2020 games, you will see that nearly half of the competitors are females. Tokyo is made as a start of a revolution of the international sporting world as the most gender-equal as it has ever been since the history of the Olympics. The people that organized the Olympics stated that the number of women this year compared to men is about 49 percent of whole 11,090 athletes playing this year, which is an increase from Rio 2016 Olympics that is 45 percent, at Los Angeles 1984 was 23 percent, at Tokyo in 1964 was only 2.2 percent of women, and in Paris was where the first female athletes played. As the Olympics will return to Paris in 2024, there is a sure sign that there will be full gender equality with equal numbers of male and female athletes.

This will bring another issue of having mothers who are breastfeeding that is playing and the rumors of harassment and abuse on female athletes which is a major issue on sports globally.

The Olympics committee has been planning for this gender equality scheme for a long time in terms of planning, programming of events, and so on. Even though the last year was disturbed by the COVID 19 pandemic. The international Olympic committee made sure that they increase the number of female athletes that will play in 2020, their selection was done by their strict qualifying process. One of the committees stated that after getting all the numbers of athletes from the last Olympics that they also increased the number of female athletes. For the first time in history in any team that there are 4 members, it is a must that there have to be at least a woman in the team and new events have a more mixed-gender than the former Olympics have ever seen. Events were dropped from the men category for the women to do like boxing, canoe rowing, and water polo. In the 1500 meter freestyle, the swimming category that was only meant for men before has been also given to women to play. The five new sports that were introduced in the Tokyo Olympics which are skateboarding, speed climbing, karate, 3 on 3 basketball, surfing also have a female category for the female athletes to play.

The Tokyo Olympics have multiplied the number of mixed-sex events by two orders than the last Rio Olympics with a total of 18 events with includes shooting, table tennis, archery, swimming, etc. The international committee player started that there is nothing more equal than males and females playing in the same team is what is called leveling the playing field.

When the sports are broadcasted, the women are also very seen in this Tokyo Olympics with more gold medal events that are about 17 to be shown on the weekends. He said that is not mainly about playing on the field but also promoting the events as well. This is the time for women to shine and be seen by the world.

How COVID will Impact the Tokyo Olympics

The World Health Organization has officially recognized the COVID 19 outbreak as a global pandemic, which means that organizers would have to make a huge decision whether to go ahead with the major sporting events that would be held during the Tokyo Olympics. So far there have been records of over 500,000 cases of the coronavirus in over 100 countries. And as of March 12th, there was a record of 4,600 death recorded. This was made a huge disaster for a global sporting event that was scheduled to hold around the end of July 2020.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), information has been passed across that the method by which the virus can be prevented is through social distancing and using a hand sanitizer. As of late February, CDC gave a Level 2 travel notice to all passengers who would be traveling to places like Japan, encouraging them to take proper precautions. The Country also went ahead to make sure every preparation needed to host the Olympics was made available. The Countries best approach towards handling containing the virus is by closing down schools, banning certain public transportation. This method has proven to work effectively because it has prevented the spread of diseases from rising significantly.

Canceling and Postponing some events

Due to the outbreak of the virus, some events for the events of the Olympics have either been canceled or postponed. Take, for example, the world Taekwondo has moved its events from the city of Wuxi in China to Amman in Jordan. The European qualification tournament was later moved to Moscow, due to the highly infected son in Milan, Italy. The cancellations of events have affected some tournaments, which affected various rankings of athletes, which would decide which athletes are qualified to move on to the next round.

Also as a result of canceling some events and restricting travels, there would be fewer anti-doping tests for athletes because the Olympics testers would be restricted from traveling. If in the long run, the Olympics games turn out to work out, then there might be several outcomes that could happen. One of the major outcomes would be that athletes would be allowed to compete but without any spectators, the reason is that it would reduce the chances of a crowd transmitting the disease to thousands of others in the audience. This event has happened in some football tournament, a half tournament, it was about to happen during an NBA season until the committee decided to opt-out and suspend the season.

Treat it like a FLU

Another option is to treat the coronavirus like the regular flu and decide to do nothing out of the ordinary. Take, for example, the Super Bowl has never had any reason to cancel any of their matches during the flu season.

It is best to avoid a disaster, that is why postponing the Olympics is the best option, which would give time to prepare, the only side effect it would have is would disrupt a lot of things like a TV broadcast, hotels, sponsors, etc.