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  • Conor Dary
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    Japan has begun surveying overseas arrivals about their COVID-19 vaccination status as it explores the feasibility of exempting those vaccinated abroad from the country's strict entry restrictions, government sources said Tuesday.

    https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...-arrivals.html

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  • Conor Dary
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    The Tokyo metropolitan government reported 1,387 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, topping the 1,000 mark for the first time in two days, as the upward trend in infections continues to stir concerns ahead of the start of the Olympics later this week.

    https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...-top-1000.html

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  • Conor Dary
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    More Japanese biz leaders shun Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

    The list of Japanese business leaders skipping the opening ceremony of the unconventional Tokyo Olympics this week expanded on Tuesday, joined by top-tier sponsor Panasonic Corp. and the country's three major business organizations.

    The additions underscore more corporate executives taking a step back from the sporting event held under the coronavirus pandemic and public unease, walking a thin line trying to avoid reputational damage to their companies.

    https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...-ceremony.html

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  • 18.99s
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    WNBA player Katie Lou Samuelson will miss the Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19. She was going to be on the 3 on 3 US basketball team.
    https://www.startribune.com/samuelso...ics/600079408/

    She says she was "fully vaccinated and took every precaution", but ...

    The Americans had been in Las Vegas training for a week and getting tested every day. They got together off the court only for breakfast and lunch and kept their distance from each other during those meals.
    Where did they have breakfast and lunch? In a restaurant or cafeteria? They definitely didn't gather in one of their own hotel rooms (where it would be impossible to keep distance from each other).

    Whenever somebody says they did everything right but got Covid anyway, if you dig deeper there's always at least one loophole in their story. They ate inside a restaurant, or they had relatives visit inside their home, or they went to church indoors, or they live with a spouse or child who was being exposed at work, school or socially.

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  • TN1965
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    Originally posted by lexvid View Post
    Front page of T&FN has an article saying Fans still attending sporting events throughout Japan. Double standard? I get limiting attendance, especially during a pandemic, but how do you explain 9,000 fans attending a baseball game last week?

    https://www.insidethegames.biz/artic...ned-tokyo-2020
    There is strong public hostility toward the Olympics that the government had to do something to placate the angry mobs. Otherwise, they will cyber bully the Olympic athletes, or possibly even worse.

    There is no strong protest against baseball. So they don't need any pacifying measure. I initially thought the difference was that all players in NPB are either Japanese, or foreign players who have been there for months. But that's not the case. The pre-Olympic exhibition games of Japanese Olympic teams against international teams are held with spectators, and there isn't much protest against that.

    Protesting the Olympics has become so central to the tribal identity of some Japanese, they have visceral reaction to the Game itself. But Japanese and Belgian basketball teams playing an exhibition? That's not "the Olympic Games." So there is no need to protest.

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  • lexvid
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    Front page of T&FN has an article saying Fans still attending sporting events throughout Japan. Double standard? I get limiting attendance, especially during a pandemic, but how do you explain 9,000 fans attending a baseball game last week?

    https://www.insidethegames.biz/artic...ned-tokyo-2020

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  • lonewolf
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    Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    All this over 88F? 🤔
    Different strokes for different folks. Unseasonably balmy 92 F here today. Looking forward to my afternoon jog/walk as soon as Jeopardy is over at 1530. I will stick to the shady side of the street.

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  • CookyMonzta
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    Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
    The three people who tested covid positive inside the Olympic Village had "close contact" with 21 people, per daily Olympic covid update. Three more Olympics-related people have tested positive for a total of 58, including a journalist.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/myhlee/st...49436782026757
    I wouldn't be surprised if that number hits 500 by Wednesday. Then you have to wonder if the government, in wildcat fashion, will order a postponement to September.

    On top of that, I worry that this virus could be used as a weapon. 🗡 Want to win the gold? Find a way to infect the heavy favorite before the event takes place, and force that athlete's withdrawal. 🛫🤬

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  • jazzcyclist
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    Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
    The summer heat in Tokyo is already a problem.

    TOKYO — It is almost too hot for beach volleyball.

    In some parts of central Tokyo, afternoon temperatures over 88 degrees (31 Celsius) elicited a higher warning: “Exercise prohibited.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/07...-updates-tokyo
    All this over 88F? 🤔

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  • Conor Dary
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    The summer heat in Tokyo is already a problem.

    TOKYO — It is almost too hot for beach volleyball.

    The Summer Olympics are expected to be the hottest on record, and the potentially dangerous heat is already having an impact days before Friday’s opening ceremony.

    Tokyo citizens this week are being warned not to exercise outside, but Olympic athletes have little choice but to confront the city’s wicked — and sometimes deadly — combination of heat and humidity.

    At outdoor venues around the city, like Shiokaze Park, home of beach volleyball, last-minute preparations are being made to protect athletes, officials and volunteers.

    During training sessions on Monday morning, volleyball players found the sand too hot for their feet. Workers hosed down the sand to make it palatable, and athletes huddled under umbrellas to hide from the searing sun.



    In some parts of central Tokyo, afternoon temperatures over 88 degrees (31 Celsius) elicited a higher warning: “Exercise prohibited.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/07...-updates-tokyo

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  • Conor Dary
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    Such is the unease that Toyota, one of the prime corporate sponsors of the Games, announced Monday it would not run any Olympic-themed television advertisements during them.

    “There are many issues with these Games that are proving difficult to be understood,” Jun Nagata, the company’s chief communications officer, told reporters, according to The Associated Press.


    The Japanese public remains anxious about the staging of the Olympics amid a slow rollout of vaccines and a recent rise in coronavirus cases in the capital. Daily case counts have exceeded 1,000 for several days for the first time since mid-May. Tokyo is under a state of emergency. A poll by the Kyodo News, a wire service, released over the weekend showed 87 percent of those surveyed said they were worried about hosting the Olympics during the pandemic.

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  • Conor Dary
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    Meanwhile....



    Tokyo Prepares for the Olympics


    The opening ceremony is Friday, and the first competitions are Wednesday, but an outbreak of coronavirus cases threaten to overshadow the festivities.

    The opening ceremony is Friday and the first competitions are Wednesday. But organizers of the Tokyo Olympics, delayed one year by the pandemic, are struggling to manage public anxiety about the Games after an outbreak of coronavirus cases that threaten to overshadow the festivities.

    As about 20,000 athletes, coaches, referees and other officials have poured into Japan in recent days, more than two dozen of them have tested positive for the virus, including three cases within the Olympic Village. An additional 33 staff members or contractors who are Japanese residents working on the Games have tested positive.

    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/07...-updates-tokyo

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  • booond
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post

    Headline - Irish gymnast jumps on Olympic Village cardboard bed to debunk 'anti-sex fake news


    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/oth...?ocid=msedgntp

    I understand we all have our own definitions of sex but wouldn't this show be more effective with more than one performer.

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  • Conor Dary
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    The three people who tested covid positive inside the Olympic Village had "close contact" with 21 people, per daily Olympic covid update. Three more Olympics-related people have tested positive for a total of 58, including a journalist.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/myhlee/st...49436782026757

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  • Conor Dary
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    South African soccer team outbreak tests Tokyo Olympics’ ‘covid-safe’ strategy


    An outbreak of infections among members of the South African men’s soccer team has emerged as the first test of Olympic officials’ strategy of aggressive testing and swift isolation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus throughout the Tokyo Games.

    Two dozen people affiliated with the South African soccer team, the vast majority of them athletes, are under individual quarantine after three team members tested positive, Olympic officials announced Monday. They were the first athletes to test positive from inside the Olympic Village, where thousands of players and staff reside and dine. Later Monday, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced that an alternate for its women’s gymnastics team had tested positive, and another was considered a close contact.

    With just four days until the Opening Ceremonies, the incidents underscored growing fears about whether the Games would end up a superspreader event. The rise of the delta variant around the world and coronavirus infections in Tokyo have raised concerns about the thousands of foreign visitors entering Japan.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...ovid-outbreak/

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