From corruption allegations to requires cancellation, the Tokyo Olympics have been stricken by controversy.
First, there was a one-year delay that led, confusingly, to the Games maintaining the official title Tokyo 2020, regardless of happening this July and August. Then got here the widespread discontent. Sexism and bribery scandals. There has even been the risk of earthquakes hanging over a Games that Japan’s personal finance minister described as “cursed.”
Still, it’s (all however) sure — the 12 months’s largest, most anticipated and contentious sporting occasion goes forward. As Covid-19 instances surge in Tokyo, and with the eyes of the world mounted on the metropolis, how does it really feel for athletes to understand their goals in such extraordinary circumstances? What’s the temper like in the Olympic Village? And how do worldwide athletes really feel about performing with out the help of their dwelling followers?
New York Times reporters will converse with opponents from a few of the new sports activities debuting at Tokyo 2020, together with the U.S. surfer Carissa Moore, Czech climber Adam Ondra, and others. The Times’s Randy Archibold, Andrew Keh and Motoko Rich may even take your questions and offer you the newest from Tokyo about what makes this 12 months’s Games so very completely different.
Inside the Olympic Games, a Times digital occasion, streams on Thursday, July 22, completely for Times subscribers. R.S.V.P. above.