With Tokyo in a state of Covid emergency, thousands upon thousands of athletes, support staff, media, and assorted dignitaries would be descending on Japan, potentially bringing that nasty virus with them.
Money, quite frankly, seemed the most obvious reason.
Japan officially sank $15.4 billion into hosting these Games, but other estimates put the amount at well over $20 billion.
That’s a mammoth investment just to go to waste.
Then there was the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is dependent on billion-dollar income from broadcasters, primarily in North America.
Scrapping the Games would be ruinous for the organization which runs them.