Nuclear disaster casts shadow on Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic bid
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
May 12, 2012
[...] Sports officials have had to deal with the reassignment of several events scheduled for Japan and some cancellations after the nuclear disaster.
One example was the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships, originally scheduled to be held in Tokyo in late March, but later reassigned to Moscow. The 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo in October also appeared to be in danger at one point, but the Japan Gymnastic Association waged a successful campaign to reassure officials in other countries that Tokyo was safe enough to host the event as scheduled. It should be noted, however, that when some members visited Germany as part of that campaign, they were not allowed to get on a bus on the grounds that “people from Tokyo are contaminated.”
The association invited German gymnasts to Tokyo and uploaded a video on its website of the visit to try to dispel the concerns of Germans and other Europeans. [...]
Published: May 13th, 2012 at 6:40 am ET