Tokyo Olympics Postponed

  • bro4bro

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    Mar 24, 2020 4:17 PM GMT
    So, now it's official. Only one day after announcing they would take four weeks to examine various scenarios, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee has now announced - under pressure from the IOC - that this summer's games will be postponed until 2021.

    https://tokyo2020.org/en/news/joint-statement-from-international-olympic-committee-and-tokyo2020

    Why the sudden about face? Well, after their first announcement, Canada and Australia both indicated they would not send athletes to the Games if they were held this summer. Presumably many other countries sent the same message, without going public about it.

    Hmm. Now to see if I can get my money back on those "nonrefundable" hotel reservations I made - at jacked up rates.
  • Triggerman

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    Mar 24, 2020 5:14 PM GMT
    I grew up watching the Olympics Bruce Jenner and Mark Spitz and Nadia and such. Hard to watch now with knowledge of how corrupt IOC has been. And drugs. And governing bodies looking the other way at child sex abuse. It's a multi billion corporation that benefits a small group. I hired a guy to clean my carpets. Turned out he was a silver medalist swimmer in 74 or 76. He turned me on to a documentary about his sister who swam in same Olympics. The Last Race. Complete travesty. Shirley Babashoff, greatest American swimmer in US history up to that time and World record holder, blown away by swimmers that weren't even on the radar on the international stage. Eye opening.
    I feel sorry for the athletes who work clean to be the best in the world and compete in a competition that is in no sense fair or honest. Olympics have made themselves a joke.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 24, 2020 5:32 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidSo, now it's official. Only one day after announcing they would take four weeks to examine various scenarios, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee has now announced - under pressure from the IOC - that this summer's games will be postponed until 2021.

    https://tokyo2020.org/en/news/joint-statement-from-international-olympic-committee-and-tokyo2020

    Why the sudden about face? Well, after their first announcement, Canada and Australia both indicated they would not send athletes to the Games if they were held this summer. Presumably many other countries sent the same message, without going public about it.

    Hmm. Now to see if I can get my money back on those "nonrefundable" hotel reservations I made - at jacked up rates.
    If you cannot get your money back, could you reschedule your hotel reservations for 2021, could that be a possibility?
  • bro4bro

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    Mar 24, 2020 5:47 PM GMT
    Anything is a possibility. But the hotel owners hold all the cards.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 24, 2020 5:54 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidAnything is a possibility. But the hotel owners hold all the cards.
    Wishing you the best of luck trying to straighten it out and hopefully have your hotel reservations pushed up to 2021.
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    Mar 24, 2020 7:20 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidAnything is a possibility. But the hotel owners hold all the cards.

    I concur.
  • jocked_and_lo...

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    Mar 24, 2020 11:02 PM GMT
    Wow, postponing for a whole year. That's intense. But it's probably for the best.

    Hope you don't lose out on expensive hotel reservations.
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    Mar 25, 2020 1:05 PM GMT
    Wonder what will happen to the World Track & Field Championship that was scheduled for Oregon in 2021. I suppose this will either be pushed to 2022 or cancelled completely. Then Olympics again in 2024 - a three year span instead of the usual four years.

    Cool.... Well not for Worlds. I go to Worlds and was thinking of going to Worlds in 2021.
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    Mar 25, 2020 1:10 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidAnything is a possibility. But the hotel owners hold all the cards.


    Not quite. We are in unusual waters. First contact the hotel and ask if they would guaranty your room at same rate for 2021(I'm assuming you will want to go in 2021). If they say no, then ask for a refund. Unless they are under a rock, they have heard that the Olympics has cancelled for this year. If they say no to both, contact your credit card company and dispute the charge.

  • bro4bro

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    Mar 26, 2020 4:49 PM GMT
    Well, it's a little trickier than that because the new dates haven't been determined yet. And since hotels typically accept bookings no more than a year in advance, if the games are postponed a full year I doubt that I'd be able to make an even swap. In America, yes, I could probably make that deal and feel confident about it. But the Japanese... well, you know.

    I contacted both hotels (my trip was split in two with a side trip to Kyoto in the middle) and asked for a refund. The hotel I'd booked for the first four days simply told me to deal with the booking site (Orbitz). The hotel I'd booked for the last nine days said they would refund my payment but once again I'd have to cancel through the booking site (Agoda) - which I did, but so far no refund. So, the saga continues.
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    Mar 27, 2020 1:13 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidWell, it's a little trickier than that because the new dates haven't been determined yet. And since hotels typically accept bookings no more than a year in advance, if the games are postponed a full year I doubt that I'd be able to make an even swap. In America, yes, I could probably make that deal and feel confident about it. But the Japanese... well, you know.

    I contacted both hotels (my trip was split in two with a side trip to Kyoto in the middle) and asked for a refund. The hotel I'd booked for the first four days simply told me to deal with the booking site (Orbitz). The hotel I'd booked for the last nine days said they would refund my payment but once again I'd have to cancel through the booking site (Agoda) - which I did, but so far no refund. So, the saga continues.


    You'll be lucky to get a refund. They might keep 50% Traditionally, they keep some due to any cancellation and will do some kind of cancelation assessment fee, even for any "act of God events"
    Good Luck!
  • bro4bro

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    Mar 28, 2020 4:32 PM GMT
    Good news, everyone! (my Professor Farnsworth impression)

    One booking site (the hotel with the 9-night stay) has agreed to refund my entire payment. At first they tried to get me to accept a credit on their website in lieu of payment - but I'd have to use it within 3 months, for travel within the next 12 months. Obviously unacceptable, since I have no expectation that I'll be ready to book another trip 90 days from now, and the rescheduled Olympics will almost certainly be more than 12 months away. So I pressed for a cash refund and they say I'll have it within 30 days. Waiting with bated breath.

    I haven't yet contacted the second booking site (the 4 day stay). For some oddball reason their website instructs customers to contact them by phone in these situations and I'm sure they're absolutely swamped. I'll give them a try when I have a lot lot of time to spend on hold.

    Meanwhile there are still the flights to deal with. My flight to Tokyo was booked using frequent flier miles so that should be no problem; I'll have to pay a fee to change but it won't be too bad. My flight back was nonrefundable on Delta; typically I'd be able to trade it in for a voucher, minus a cancellation fee but maybe they'll consider making a special concession for the pandemic.

    And then there's the event tickets. The US ticket distributor says all tickets they have sold may be used for those same events at the Olympics in 2021. More details will be revealed when the new dates for the Games are finalized - I presume they'll allow people to request a full refund if they aren't able to attend on the new dates.
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    Mar 29, 2020 9:50 PM GMT
    Do not cancel your flight as yet. Wait to see if Delta cancels it. That way, you stand a better chance of getting a full refund. If you initiate the process right now, you will most likely get an eVoucher.
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    Mar 30, 2020 1:27 PM GMT
    New date for the Olympics is July 23-August 08
  • bro4bro

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    Apr 01, 2020 4:28 PM GMT
    OK, more good news! I'm also getting a full refund on the second hotel, which was booked on Orbitz.

    A very helpful tip, for anyone who has upcoming travel plans they'd like to cancel:

    The Orbitz website warned that call volume was very high due to the coronavirus, and they could only help me if my travel was within 72 hours. I tried calling their customer service number but when I entered my confirmation number the automated system told me my travel was not within 72 hours, and it hung up on me. Then I hit the button on their website to request an Orbitz agent to call me (it said the wait time for a call back was within 5 minutes). Instantly I got a call from the automated system, which once again warned of long wait times due to high call volume blah blah blah - but within another minute there was an agent on the line who helped me right then and there. She told me I'd get a full refund, without even needing to contact the hotel, and sent an email confirming it.

    So, it seems they've already handled the big rush of cancellations and the "Keep Away" signs are no longer needed.