What the Olympic Games teaches us about Project Management Risk
On July 23rd, Tokyo officially opened the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. As we know this is a year late (and a few billion dollars short). Hosting the Olympics is one of the largest international projects one can undertake and the risks associated with it are more voluminous than an Olympic size pool. Unfortunately for Japan, there were more unanticipated risks than the normal risks associated with hosting the Olympics.
In the 2016 Rio games, some of the risks that had to be managed were:
All of this is for projected revenue of just over 9 Billion dollars.
While this is the fourth time Tokyo will host the Olympic games, some of the additional risks that Japan faced were largely due to Covid-19. It was a complete unknown when Tokyo was awarded the successful bid for the games in 2013.
And to top it all off, there is the risk of earthquakes in and around Tokyo. Apparently, during the past 30 days, Tokyo had 10 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or above and 19 quakes between 2.0 and 3.0. The latest was a 3.2 only 8 hours ago as I write this.
I am sure we all wish the athletes the best of luck and I can now appreciate the effort and foresight of the tens of thousands of staff who work to make this event happen!
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