The U.S. has received extra medals than another nation in Olympic historical past. It often has the most important contingent of athletes on the Summer time Video games. And it’s the highest-value single marketplace for Olympic broadcast rights, the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s major income.
It’s additionally, by coronavirus metrics, the least fascinating visitor at any celebration. The U.S. leads the world in confirmed circumstances of the virus and in confirmed deaths from the illness. Solely 15 international locations presently welcome U.S. guests with out qualification, according to the online tool Covid Controls.
That creates a thorny hospitality dilemma for Tokyo, as the host of the rescheduled 2021 Summer Olympics—one which Group USA is keenly conscious of and already in search of methods to defuse, U.S. Olympic officers say.
Japan has been anxious sufficient in regards to the virus to bar admission to residents of 160 international locations, together with the U.S., so far, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee stated. Whereas Olympic organizers must get that lifted for the Video games anyway, the 500 or extra athletes of Group USA, plus their coaches, assist employees, officers and leaders, are coming from a very scary nation. On the similar time, there’s seemingly little approach to maintain an Olympics with out internet hosting the Individuals.