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  • Hocker and Andrews have many peers. Most of them are anonymous so far.

    At least 100 US athletes unvaccinated as Olympics begin (yahoo.com)

    About 100 of the 613 U.S. athletes descending on Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's medical chief said hours before Friday night's opening ceremony.

    Medical director Jonathan Finnoff said 567 of the American athletes had filled out their health histories as they prepared for the trip, and estimated 83% had replied they were vaccinated.

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    • TOKYO – In addition to an unforgettable experience, covering the Tokyo Olympics entitles members of the press to one (1) commemorative backpack. They’re black, emblazoned with the logo for the Olympics and Paralympics — the ones that still say “2020” — and the media can pick theirs up at a desk in the Main Press Center. Along with a book of venue maps, inside is a cover to put over hot metal seats to avoid scalding skin, along with medication for managing heat stroke.

      A few days into the Games, that’s starting to seem more necessary than precautionary.

      It’s 90 degrees and feels like 100 with the humidity in Tokyo as the Olympics get underway. It feels like you’re standing on the surface of the sun inside empty open air venues that reflect the rays back in on themselves and the handful of sweating, sweltering attendees. It feels like you need gills to catch your breath.

      And that’s if you’re standing still.

      Olympians are competing in the biggest event of their lives under conditions that have prompted local authorities to recommend regular people avoid outdoor exercise.

      When Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964, they were moved to October specifically to avoid the peak heat of July and August. A half a century later, as climate change literally boils the planet alive, we're coming off the hottest decade on record. But the IOC decided to keep the Olympics on their normal summer schedule because it'll collect more in American broadcast fees during this part of the calendar.


      https://sports.yahoo.com/another-hea...123140964.html

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      • Russian archer collapses due to extreme heat in Tokyo Olympics qualification event

        https://sports.yahoo.com/russian-arc...075726037.html

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        • Meanwhile....



          https://mobile.twitter.com/kumaraish...09503378345985

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          • EDITORIAL: Gloom and doom in air as Opening Ceremony kicks off Tokyo Games

            https://www.asahi.com/sp/ajw/articles/14401572

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            • There is no sense of euphoria or festive mood in the capital.

              Many people must be simply wishing that the event will end without suffering any serious problems.

              Asahi Shimbun editorials have repeatedly challenged the government and Olympic organizers to give a good rationale for forging ahead with the Olympics amid the global public health crisis.

              But they have offered nothing but empty rhetoric. It is hardly surprising that the people are not showing strong support or expectations for the Summer Games.

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              • Originally posted by Steele View Post

                There is criticism and there is name calling. Would he say it to Hocker's face? I'm all for criticism...and civility.
                USA Today writer goes with foolish, selfish & ill-informed. I'd change ill-informed to willfully ignorant.

                Opinion: With nearly 100 Olympians unvaccinated, too many Americans are terrible teammates and guests

                That means there are almost 100 American athletes at these Games who failed to protect themselves with the COVID-19 vaccine. Almost 100 American athletes who are flying blind into Japan’s state of emergency for what could be their only opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games.

                How foolish of them. How selfish. How ill-informed.

                By not getting vaccinated, they have shown themselves to be terrible teammates, potentially endangering their fellow athletes because they are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and potentially knocking themselves and others out of their events through contact tracing protocols.


                https://www.yahoo.com/now/opinion-ne...092219256.html

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                • There is criticism and there is name calling. Would he say it to Hocker's face? I'm all for criticism...and civility.

                  I for one would...and plenty others in town would too.

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                  • These Olympics didn’t get any less strange when the first medal was won

                    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...okyo-olympics/

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                    • Sally Jenkins...


                      The IOC’s haphazard collection of rules wouldn’t stop a head cold, and Bach calls cracking a window a “countermeasure.” It would be laughable if you didn’t want to gag him with his own face mask, which is likely made of silk.

                      Bach assured the world there was “zero risk” that the Olympics would cause coronavirus infections. The risks have mounted by the day, with 128 coronavirus cases before the first full day of competition. At which point Bach has suddenly shifted his effervescent frothing to the other side of his mouth and declared that so many positive tests show the system is working.

                      “The technical term for that is bull----,” global health expert Dr. Annie Sparrow said.



                      Instead, they went with window dressing. For months, Bach has coasted on the success of other mass sports events to insist that the Tokyo Games would be safe. The problem is, there is no comparison between the IOC’s shoddy con-for-cash “protocols” in Tokyo and the rigorous science-based systems that worked for the NFL, or for the WNBA, which Sparrow advised during its 97-day bubble without a single coronavirus case.


                      One thing that made those pro league seasons a success was polymerase-chain-reaction testing every single day.....The IOC opted for cheaper, quicker antigen saliva tests. They are far less sensitive, will catch people only at the height of infection, and could miss fully half of asymptomatic carriers.


                      https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...okyo-olympics/

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                      • Here is what we do know. We know that there has been infection within the Athletes Village, and the room parties haven’t even started. We know that this virus preys on weak links — and on the irresponsible and the arrogant.

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                        • Protesters in Tokyo march on Olympic Opening Ceremonies


                          July 23, 2021 | 5:01 AM PDT

                          Hundreds of protesters marched through Tokyo on July 23, opposing Olympic officials holding the games during the coronavirus pandemic.


                          https://www.washingtonpost.com/video...489_video.html

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                          • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                            It is hardly surprising that the people are not showing strong support or expectations for the Summer Games.

                            Anyone watching the mens cycling road race this morning, with thousands lining the course and at the finish line, would disagree...

                            There are no strings on me

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                            • Originally posted by guru View Post


                              Anyone watching the mens cycling road race this morning, with thousands lining the course and at the finish line, would disagree...
                              Doesn't fit the drumbeat.

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                              • Dining Hall @ Athlete Village.

                                Dinning hall your | Tour del comedor ✔️ #olympics #olympics2020 #olympics2021 #tokyo #tokyo2020 #tokyo2021 #argentina #arg #basketball #food (tiktok.com)

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