The five Olympic rings installed on a barge in Tokyo Bay for the 2020 Summer Games have reportedly been removed for maintenance purposes. However, the officials have stated that the iconic Olympic symbol will be coming back for next year’s games. A small tugboat was used to steer out the barge with the rings.
The Tokyo Olympics game which was originally scheduled to take place between 24 July and 9 August 2020 has been postponed due to coronavirus pandemic and is now rescheduled to open on July 23, 2021, next year.
Though the organizers are confident that the Olympics will take place next year, they have given no specifications on how the same will take place during a pandemic. The delay will cost an estimate of $2 to $6 billion as per the Japanese Media reports, although organizers have given no such data.
Few details are also expected to roll out in the coming months like will the tournament will be held with the audience or without an audience, possible quarantines for 15,400 athletes participating across the globe, and possible reduction of the level of staff.
The Olympic rings were in Odaiba Marine Park of Tokyo Bay, the same venue served for triathlon and distance swimming. The five Olympic rings are about 100 feet in length, standing at gigantic 15.3 meters high (50 feet tall) and width of 32.6 meters.
Atsushi Yanashimizu, from the city government, stated that within four months of maintenance work, the rings will be reinstalled. Another spokesperson from the Tokyo organizers Masa Takaya stated that the removal of the Olympic rings is not a permanent but a temporary move for maintenance purposes.
The Olympic rings were installed in the bay area earlier this year, the games would have been in its last week with the original closing ceremony set for Sunday for August 9.