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  • Originally posted by Tuariki View Post
    the biggest BS is that the Games (for now) are going ahead.
    But if they do go ahead, I will enjoy watching
    Curious attitude. Wouldn't that be endorsing the BS?
    I also expect CD wants nothing to do with an Olympics that is so obviously a grave danger to everyone involved.
    Last edited by Atticus; 06-09-2021, 08:14 PM.

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    • Originally posted by Tuariki View Post
      And IMO the biggest BS is that the Games (for now) are going ahead.
      The biggest BS is Japan's snail-slow rollout of vaccines. Olympics or no Olympics, their vaccination pace of barely 1% of population per month is a disgrace for a country with Japan's economy and infrastructure.

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      • Originally posted by 18.99s View Post

        The biggest BS is Japan's snail-slow rollout of vaccines. Olympics or no Olympics, their vaccination pace of barely 1% of population per month is a disgrace for a country with Japan's economy and infrastructure.
        It's not a constant pace. Within 6 weeks they might hit 35%.

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        • They'd better pick up the pace with the vaccines. Starting with people over 90, then making their way down, overlooks the fact that the Olympic city should have been high-priority from day one. They could have done both.

          If they cancel this one, they're not likely to get 2032. Brisbane is the front-runner there; which makes me think that, if the Japanese government is forced to pull the plug on 2020/21, the IOC might blacklist them.

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          • Just to keep things in perspective re the Olympics. Current daily COVID-19 cases per 10^6 people:

            World 49.4
            USA 43.1
            Canada 40.0
            Japan 16.5

            Source: ourworldindata.org/covid-cases

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            • Originally posted by CookyMonzta View Post
              If they cancel this one, they're not likely to get 2032. Brisbane is the front-runner there
              Brisbane is not the front-runner for 2032. Brisbane is the selection for 2032 - 100% guaranteed. IOC Session has never overturned a recommendation of the IOC Executive Committee that I know of.

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              • Not much chance they are going to downvote 'Brisbane Queensland 2032' as I think the preferred name now is.

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                • Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
                  Just to keep things in perspective re the Olympics. Current daily COVID-19 cases per 10^6 people:

                  World 49.4
                  USA 43.1
                  Canada 40.0
                  Japan 16.5

                  Source: ourworldindata.org/covid-cases
                  Pesky facts...
                  There are no strings on me

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                  • Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
                    Just to keep things in perspective re the Olympics. Current daily COVID-19 cases per 10^6 people:

                    World 49.4
                    USA 43.1
                    Canada 40.0
                    Japan 16.5

                    Source: ourworldindata.org/covid-cases
                    and I'm sure they'd like to keep it that way!

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                    • Exactly...an international invasion is the last thing they need......the problem is not the Japanese infecting the visitors....but the other way around...

                      NEW: UK’s full reopening is set to be postponed by a month due to resurgence in cases — and now hospitalisations — fuelled by the Delta variant.


                      https://mobile.twitter.com/jburnmurd...23583641210880
                      Last edited by Conor Dary; 06-11-2021, 10:13 PM.

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                      • The world ....and Japan are still way behind in vaccination numbers...

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                        • British bookies have posted their latest line on whether Tokyo will hold the Olympic Games this summer:

                          YES: 1-5

                          NO: 3-1

                          (The smart money is pouring in on YES)

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                          • Front page Financial Times...

                            Thousands of Olympics volunteers quit as paid workers are hired for same roles



                            ROBIN HARDING — TOKYO

                            The Tokyo Olympics is struggling to retain its army of volunteers after it emerged that organisers were hiring paid staff to do similar work, in the latest obstacle for the long-delayed games in Japan.

                            About 10,000 volunteers have quit in recent weeks, according to the organisers, out of about 110,000 who are the welcoming face of Tokyo 2020 — working as guides, drivers, medical first responders and interpreters.

                            But with no foreign spectators to welcome and a Covid-19 state of emergency in Tokyo, enthusiasm among volunteers is running low, highlighting the difficulties of staging the world’s biggest sporting event during a pandemic.

                            Japan’s government and the International Olympic Committee insist the games will start as planned on July 23, despite warnings that fans could spread coronavirus and a delayed vaccination campaign that has given a first dose to only about 13 per cent of the population.

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                            • Financial Times...

                              Japanese sponsors fear brand damage from Tokyo Olympics

                              Corporate sponsors of the Tokyo Olympics have brought in marketing consultants to determine whether a direct association with the games would damage their brands.

                              A person close to the Japan Advertisers’ Association, which has 272 member companies, acknowledged that Olympic sponsors were finding it difficult to achieve the marketing benefits they had initially anticipated.

                              “Companies had hoped to raise their brand value by sponsoring a major global sporting event, but it’s becoming difficult to actively promote the fact that they are sponsoring the Tokyo Olympics,” the person added.

                              A person working as an adviser to one of the 14 global sponsors said that because the decision on whether or not to embrace the Olympics was so finely balanced, some companies had developed two campaigns and would decide which to use at the last minute.

                              “They are waiting to see if the opposition to the games begins to fall, because if it doesn’t, they are concerned that these games could actually hurt their brands,” said one advertising executive working with an Olympic sponsor.

                              “Meanwhile, most of the campaigns have gone full stop when you would expect them to be ramping up.”

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                              • I don't remember the Olympics deteriorating into a fight for, or a panic over, a goddamn corporate brand! I don't remember seeing such a thing until Atlanta 1996, when all you ever saw was some corporate logo taking precedence over the athletes, the sports or the activity at the Olympics. It was quite fitting when Juan Antonio Saramanch called the XXVI Olympiad "...an exceptional Games".

                                Want a solution? Keep the corporate brand in the background, and let the athletes have their day! Just what degree of involvement or influence did these corporate sponsors have before 1996? I'm thinking it wasn't even close in Barcelona 1992 or earlier.

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