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The global spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020 impacted all 206 states set to compete in the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, originally scheduled to be hosted in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9, 2020. Even before the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 were postponed to 2021, many of the National Olympic Committees were faced with government-imposed international and domestic travel restrictions, bans on qualifying competitions and tournaments, and even suspected infections among athletes qualified to compete in the Games. Within this environment of substantial uncertainty, national leaders of the Olympic movement were under pressure to make high-stakes decisions, which were time-sensitive, posed significant risks, and required consequential decisions. This chapter examines the decision-making of the leaders of Peru’s Olympic administrative structures during 2020.


Originally published in P. M. Pedersen, B. J. Ruihley, & B. Li (Eds.), Sport and the pandemic: Perspectives on Covid-19’s impact on the sport industry (chapter 15)