Social media ban for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games

With the year 2020 just around the corner, it’s time for one of the most awaited and highly anticipated sporting event that occurs only once every few years – the International Olympic Games. The Olympic Games alternate between the Summer Olympics and the Winter Olympics every two years with varying sports most of which are highly reliant on weather conditions. The Olympic Games is governed by an international body known as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which was established way back in 1894. With over two hundred nations worldwide participating in the various sporting activities included in the Olympic Games, the event is considered to be “the world’s foremost sports competition” where only the best of the best athletes from each country come together to compete for the title of the best Olympian.


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This time, the Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan as it was chosen by the International Olympic Committee to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad during the 125 th IOC Session which was held in Buenos Aires more than five years ago.


This is the second time that the Land of the Rising Sun was able to acquire the highly coveted role of hosting the Olympic Games with its first stint in 1964. As indicated in the website, the event organizers claim that the 2020 Games of the XXXII Olympiad will be “the most innovative ever organized” with three fundamental foundations to shape the world namely: achieving one’s personal best, unity in diversity, and leaving a legacy for future generations to come.


Organizers, participants, and spectators alike are all preparing for this momentous occasion worldwide. However, with the technological advances in the world’s communication systems, the International Olympic Committee has set a ban on social media for the upcoming event. Based on a news article, the official 2020 Olympics website indicated certain restrictions and guidelines for the event the most notable of which is the controversial ban on social media, “Ticket holders are not allowed to post videos and sound recordings taken at the venue on TVs, radios and the internet, including social media and other live streaming services along with other digital media, without prior consent from the IOC.”


According to the Tokyo Organizing Committee, “Profits from broadcast rights are needed to support sports global development and constitute an essential funding of the Olympic Games. If these conditions were not implemented, the revenue would plunge and would have a direct negative effect on the development of various sports around the world and on organizers of the games.”


Reference: 2020 Tokyo Olympics ticket rules ban your content from social media


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