Free article section

You are reading a Free article. Apply for a subscription to access all the valuable information on the website Sports Law & Taxation

The Olympics: The 2020 Tokyo Games End

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

The postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games came to an end on 8 August 2021 in a spectacular closing ceremony show-casing Japanese culture.

In a moving and heartfelt closing speech, the President of the International Olympic Committee, Dr Thomas Bach, also an Olympian, described the Games as being unprecedented and many thought undoable.

He went on to state that:

“Athletes went faster, went higher and were stronger because they all stood together in solidarity.

You inspired us with this unified symbol of sport. And it was even more remarkable because of what you faced in the pandemic.

For the first time since the pandemic, the world came together.

People were united by emotion, sharing moments of joy and inspiration. This gives us hope, this gives us faith in the future.

The Olympic Games of Tokyo were the Olympic Games of hope, solidarity and peace. You the Japanese people can be extremely proud of what you achieved.

On behalf of all the athletes we say thank you Tokyo, thank you Japan.”

The Head of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Hashimoto Seiko, also an Olympian, described the Games as being exciting and inspirational and added:

“These Games took place in the midst of a severe pandemic, and I would like to express my deep gratitude to all those in medical services, to everyone who supported and contributed to the Games, and to our hosts, the people of Japan.”

Despite everything, the 2020 Tokyo Games were a great success.                     

In three years time, the next Summer Olympics will be held in Paris, hopefully under different and more normal circumstances!

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Journal

Sports Law & Taxation features: articles; comparative surveys; commentaries on topical sports legal and tax issues and documentation.

The unique feature of Sports Law & Taxation is that this Journal combines  up-to-date valuable and must-have information on the legal and tax aspects of sport and their interrelationships.

Global Sports Law and Taxation Reports feature: articles; comparative surveys; commentaries on topical sports legal and tax issues and documentation.

The unique feature of Global Sports Law and Taxation Reports is that this Journal combines for the first time up to-date valuable and must-have information on the legal and tax aspects of sport and their interrelationships.

The Editors

The editors of  the Journal Sports Law & Taxation are Professor Ian Blackshaw and Dr Rijkele Betten, with specialist contributions from the world's leading practitioners and academics in the sports law and taxation fields.

The Editors

Managing editor
Dr. Rijkele Betten

Consulting editor
Prof. Dr. Ian S. Blackshaw

Editorial board

Prof. Guglielmo Maisto
Maisto e Associati, Milano

Dr. Dick Molenaar
All Arts Tax Advisors, Rotterdam

 

Mr. Kevin Offer
Hardwick & Morris LLP, London

Mr. Mario Tenore
Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati, Milano

Address

Nolot BV
St. Jorisstraat 11
5211 HA  's-Hertogenosch
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.