The recovery from the war and pestilence: Tokyo 1964 and 2020

"The ancient Olympic Games in Greece began for the recovery from the war and pestilence. In 1964, Tokyo was a symbol of the recovery from the war. Now, in 2020, the city shows the recovery from the Covid-19. We should hold the Olympic and Paralympic games with high technology and health guideline." - says Hisashi Sanada professor of the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Tsukuba and head of the Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies. He also serves as a counselor to the CEO of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This webinar will question the postponement of the Tokyo Games from 2020 to 2021 by looking at the specific history of the Tokyo Games and through a historical approach since the Ancient Games.
Professor Sanada from the University of Tsukuba will present the state of his work and his thoughts on the importance of holding the Games despite the challenging situation. He will remind us that the Games of 1964 were also the Games of reconstruction after the war. In many respects, the contexts of 1964 and 2020 are similar and deserve to be questioned together.
Date and time: 8 December, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 PM (Japan time) -1h30 (45min presentation and discussion time)

Published: November 2020