2020 Olympics News

Cost of Postponing Tokyo Olympics Could Reach $2.8 Billion

TOKYO – The cost of the postponement for the Tokyo Olympics could reach about $2.8 billion, according to figures released Friday [Dec. 4] by the Tokyo organizing committee, the Tokyo city government and Japan’s national government. The numbers are in …

Japan to Take Countermeasures to Prevent Cyber Attacks from Derailing Tokyo Games

Japan said on Tuesday it would take countermeasures to ensure next year’s Tokyo Olympics are not derailed by cyber attacks after Britain and the United States accused Russia of orchestrating efforts to disrupt the Games. Olympics organizers reported no significant …

Global Insurers Pulled into Epicenter of COVID-19 Crisis, Firmly in Uncharted Territory

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal locked in spell-binding battle. Paul McCartney sharing a stage with Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift. The long-awaited 32nd Olympic Games. The list of canned crowd-thrillers that were planned for the coming weeks isn’t just bad …

CEO of Tokyo Games Can’t Guarantee Postponed Olympics Will Be Held Even in 2021

As the coronavirus spreads in Japan, the chief executive of the Tokyo Games said Friday [April 10] he can’t guarantee the postponed Olympics will be staged next year – even with the long delay. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued …

China’s Factories Hit with 2nd Blow from Coronavirus as External Demand Drops

Since last week, emails from foreign clients have been flooding into export manager Grace Gao’s in-box, asking to delay orders already made, putting goods ready to be shipped on hold until further notice, or asking for payment grace periods of …

AM Best Warns Losses Could Be Big for P/C Insurers Writing Event Cancellation Business

Although event cancellation insurance represents a very small percentage of overall property/casualty premium, the losses for carriers that write this line of business amid the COVID-19 outbreak still could be significant, according to a new AM Best commentary. Losses on …

Olympics’ Postponement Likely to Cost Insurers Much Less than Cancellation

Delaying the Olympics is likely to cost insurers much less than canceling the Tokyo Games altogether, with a chance that some of those involved may not have policies specifically covering a postponement, industry sources say. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed …

Tokyo Games Delayed to 2021 in 1st Postponement in Olympics’ 124-Year History

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed on Tuesday into 2021, the first such delay in the Games’ 124-year modern history, as the coronavirus crisis wrecked the last international sporting showpiece still standing this year. Though a huge blow to Japan, which …

Olympics Organizers Remain Committed to Holding Games, Despite Coronavirus

The International Olympic Committee remains committed to holding the Tokyo Olympics this year and is confident steps taken around the world will help contain the novel coronavirus, but the group is now talking in more cautious terms about the potential …

Insurers Face Big Investment Losses, Trade Credit Claims from Coronavirus Crisis

Having initially brushed off the potential impact from coronavirus-linked claims, global insurers are waking up to the prospect of a double whammy – a sharp rise in payouts at a time of big investment losses. Because epidemics are excluded from …