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  • Conor Dary
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    A senior executive at one sponsor said the postponement suggestion came with practical benefit. He said the company would not commit any more money to the project but would consider paying a supplementary sponsorship fee if the Olympics took place later in the year.

    “If the games started a few months later, a much bigger part of the country would be vaccinated, there would be less uncertainty and we would certainly consider putting more money in as sponsors,” he said.

    He added that there was an internal debate within his company about the risks of linking its brand with an event that Shigeru Omi, the doctor leading Japan’s Covid response, said this week was “not normal” to hold in the current environment.

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  • Conor Dary
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    Financial Times...

    Sponsors call for delay to Tokyo Olympics

    Postponement sought to allow more spectators amid worries over marketing campaigns

    Big Japanese sponsors of the Tokyo Olympics are calling privately for the Games to be postponed for several months so more spectators can attend as businesses fret over the value of their marketing campaigns.

    The proposal was made to organisers by some sponsors in recent weeks amid frustration among 47 Japanese companies that collectively paid more than $3bn to back the games, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

    The games are set to be the most heavily sponsored sporting event in history, but opinion polls show as many as 80 per cent of Japanese people want the Olympics cancelled or postponed.

    Two people who attended the meeting said some groups decided that the money spent on Olympic sponsorship was in effect “worthless” but that a postponement would allow them to recover some value if it allowed spectators and more movement around venue.

    Japan last week reinstated its state of emergency for Tokyo, where infection rates have failed to be brought under control despite weeks of unprecedented restrictions on restaurants, bars and shopping malls.

    Akio Toyoda, chief executive of worldwide Olympics sponsor Toyota, expressed frustration with the slow progress in controlling Covid-19.

    “This is a serious emergency situation . . . that requires crisis management,” Toyoda said, speaking as head of Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. “The reality is that we are still in a period of anxiety and dissatisfaction.”


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  • Conor Dary
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    The most important Tokyo Summer Olympics story is not related to sports

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/03/media...ces/index.html

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  • 18.99s
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    Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    I doubt that even the knuckleheads who are committed and focused enough to make the Olympic team would try something that risky before they're finished competing.
    True, but if they have at least one night in Tokyo after they're done competing and before flying out of Japan, some knuckleheads will be tempted to use that window of opportunity to sneak out. And defectors without good medal prospects won't be terribly concerned about missing their chance to compete.
    Last edited by 18.99s; 06-04-2021, 09:42 PM.

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  • jazzcyclist
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    I doubt that even the knuckleheads who are committed and focused enough to make the Olympic team would try something that risky before they're finished competing. Remember Lochte didn't get into trouble until after he finished competing. The exception is basketball players, golfers, cyclists and other athletes for whom an Olympic gold medal is not the holy grail.

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  • 18.99s
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    Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    That would mean that the Olympic bubble isn't airtight like the NBA bubble was last year because it was impossible to sneak into their bubble. The only issue they had is players fraternizing with female testers who were in the bubble.
    With 30 NBA teams and a maximum of 15 players per team, it's a much smaller task to watch over 450 NBA players than 11,000 Olympic athletes.

    However, the world knows which country's athletes are the most likely to sneak out for fun, and which other countries are most likely to have somebody sneak out to defect, so if the Japanese apply that politically-incorrect knowledge they'll easily have enough personnel to watch over the most likely bubble violators.

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
    Any athlete who sneaks out of the Olympic Village is likely to be denied re-entry.
    I'll guess they leave in the same way they left, unseen. As long as they have their credentials, they have plausible deniability as to why they are in a place they shouldn't be on the outskirts of the Village.

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  • TN1965
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    Any athlete who sneaks out of the Olympic Village is likely to be denied re-entry. So the risk of cluster in the Village is pretty minimum.

    That will probably not stop a few idiots from trying the escape the bubble.

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  • jazzcyclist
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    Originally posted by wamego relays champ View Post

    Prediction: sometime during the Games, there will be a report of some knucklehead athletes that sneaked out of the Olympic Village to partake in the Tokyo nightlife (a la Ryan Lochte). Said athletes will be sent home immediately for violating safety protocols.
    That would mean that the Olympic bubble isn't airtight like the NBA bubble was last year because it was impossible to sneak into their bubble. The only issue they had is players fraternizing with female testers who were in the bubble.
    Last edited by jazzcyclist; 06-04-2021, 04:15 PM.

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  • Conor Dary
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    Meanwhile.....comical coming from this thug.

    IOC chief calls politically-inspired sporting boycotts disrespectful

    https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...espectful.html


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  • CookyMonzta
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    Originally posted by wamego relays champ View Post

    Prediction: sometime during the Games, there will be a report of some knucklehead athletes that sneaked out of the Olympic Village to partake in the Tokyo nightlife (a la Ryan Lochte). Said athletes will be sent home immediately for violating safety protocols.
    By then it may be too late. The virus will have spread around the Olympic Village. >:-X

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  • wamego relays champ
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    Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
    AP PHOTOS: Tokyo nightlife bustles despite virus emergency

    But the city's nightlife continues almost as usual as people in one of the world’s least vaccinated countries show increasing signs of frustration and defy the largely toothless emergency measures.
    Prediction: sometime during the Games, there will be a report of some knucklehead athletes that sneaked out of the Olympic Village to partake in the Tokyo nightlife (a la Ryan Lochte). Said athletes will be sent home immediately for violating safety protocols.

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  • Conor Dary
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    The head of Japan's Olympics organising committee ruled out on Thursday another suspension of the Games, despite deep disquiet at the prospect of thousands of athletes and officials arriving during a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.

    Already postponed from last year at the cost of an extra $3.5 billion, a scaled-down version of the Games, with no foreign spectators, is set to start on July 23.

    But with a slow vaccine rollout, Tokyo and nine other regions under a state of emergency, and rising numbers of severe coronavirus cases, most Japanese oppose hosting the Olympics.

    Most of the capital's city council, the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, agree, the Tokyo Shimbun paper reported on Thursday.

    https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sp...rs-2021-06-03/

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  • TN1965
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    Who needs the Olympics? Street parties are more important!

    AP PHOTOS: Tokyo nightlife bustles despite virus emergency

    COVID-19 cases are still high and hospitals remain under strain despite a state of emergency as Japan on Thursday marks 50 days before the start of the Tokyo Olympics.

    But the city's nightlife continues almost as usual as people in one of the world’s least vaccinated countries show increasing signs of frustration and defy the largely toothless emergency measures.


    https://sports.yahoo.com/ap-photos-t...012126183.html

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
    the strangest Olympics in history will take place. In the Games’ pantheon, it will surely rank alongside the Nazi 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
    If that's a joke, it's in poor taste. If not . . .

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