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  • Originally posted by 18.99s View Post
    They'll make it happen, but with strict bubble protocols for athletes, coaches and officials to minimize the risk of spreading it to the larger Japanese population.

    Athletes who are done competing won't be allowed to hang around the stadiums and arenas to watch other sports or even other events within their own sport, and they won't be able to freely mingle with each other in the Olympic village. The village's dumpster won't have 350,000 used condoms.
    If I was a Japanese citizen I would be at the head of any protest to stop the Games coming to Japan.

    We just saw what happened with the Euro Indoors and half the British team getting covid. And how many athletes and officials are going to turn up in Japan from Brazil? USA? all of Europe? Mexico? Africa? India? The rest of Soth Anerica? already infected and then pass it on to Japanese.

    Bach and his cohorts could careless about the risk of Japanese citizens dying from covid-19 sourced from the Olympics.

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    • The next domino falls...

      Volunteers from abroad ruled out for Tokyo Olympics

      https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/...tokyo-olympics

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      • Will the OT follow and not allow non-local spectators?

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        • Hard to say about anything at this point....

          Vaccines are really going well here....unlike the rest of the world which is going backwards.
          Last edited by Conor Dary; 03-22-2021, 08:23 PM.

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          • Meanwhile.....

            U.S., E.U., Canada and Britain announce sanctions on China over the abuse of Uyghurs

            https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...9ac_story.html

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            • https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4158296
              Taiwan vaccinating olympic athletes.

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              • Japan's slow COVID vaccine rollout turns hope into frustration


                With emergency lifted and Olympics fast approaching, clamor for change intensifies

                https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/As...to-frustration

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                • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/ol...ead-Tokyo.html
                  New Zealand joins those that will allow athletes to possibly get vaccine early.

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                  • Why ‘Cursed’ Olympics Are Pressing Ahead Amid a Pandemic



                    Now, as the organizers press ahead with plans to hold the Tokyo Olympics this summer, the event itself threatens to become a trial from which Japan may take years to recover.

                    A series of health, economic and political challenges have besieged the Games. Even as the organizers decided last week to bar international spectators,epidemiologists warn that the Olympics could become a superspreader event. Thousands of athletes and other participants will descend on Tokyo from more than 200 countries while much of the Japanese public remains unvaccinated.


                    Through it all, the fundamentally undemocratic nature of Olympic decision-making has grown only more glaring. With the Olympic torch relay set to begin on Thursday and the opening ceremony scheduled for July 23, Japan’s government is defying the wishes of much of the public. In polls, close to 80 percent say the Games should be postponed again or canceled outright.

                    “I don’t know any reason for why you would go out to watch these Olympic Games,” said Hyoung Min Yoo, 29, who works in finance in Tokyo. He had secured coveted tickets to swimming and track and field finals but now has no interest in getting anywhere near the Olympic Stadium or aquatics center. “I wish they could postpone the Olympics to the next next time,” he said.


                    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/24/w...pgtype=Article

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                    • With more contagious and perhaps deadlier variants circulating around the globe, epidemiologists warn that the Tokyo Olympics have the potential to turbocharge the virus’s spread.

                      Controlling the pathogen will be “almost close to mission impossible,” said Dr. Kentaro Iwata, an infectious disease specialist at Kobe University Hospital. “Canceling the Olympic Games would be much easier.”

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                      • Shadowed by Pandemic, Olympic Torch Relay Begins in Japan

                        But as the relay kicked off on Thursday morning in Fukushima Prefecture, the ceremony and
                        those participating in it were at the center of a national debate, with many questioning whether the Games should go on in spite of the virus, the ballooning costs and other growing challenges.

                        The authorities ended a nearly three-month state of emergency in the Tokyo region on Sunday. In a poll by the Asahi newspaper, over 50 percent of respondents said that it had been lifted too early. Some Twitter users accused Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who has faced a backlash for his insistence on holding the Games despite widespread public opposition, of timing the decision for the start of the torch relay.

                        https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/24/w...06529326813370

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                        • The Olympics Are On! But Why?

                          The Japanese government is dead-set on holding the Games despite the pandemic.

                          Last week, Japan announced that spectators from overseas would be barred from attending the Games. The decision appears to have been partly a concession to public opinion: In one survey early this month, 77 percent of respondents opposed allowing foreign fans. According to another poll, only 9 percent of respondents said the Games should proceed as scheduled; 32 percent said they should be canceled.

                          So why is Japan going ahead with the Olympics, against the public’s objections, while the pandemic is still a major public health concern? The answer is familiar: collusion among the elites.

                          https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/o...06529326813370

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                          • Japan reports 47 anaphylaxis cases after 580,000 Pfizer vaccine shots

                            https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...ine-shots.html

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                            • The next domino falls...

                              IOC bans "accompanying guests" from Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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

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                              • Financial Times...

                                Olympics struggle to leave starting blocks

                                Subdued arrival of symbolic torch reflects wider safety concerns facing organisers

                                In the vanguard of the Olympic torch relay came a convoy of sponsor trucks, blaring a J-Pop version of “When the Saints Go Marching In” and urging the crowd to give their support. It was followed by a phalanx of police.

                                Then, just in case anybody was tempted to get excited or have fun, there was a loudspeaker truck to warn them off. “The torch relay will arrive in three minutes. Please clap, but do not cheer. Clap, but do not cheer!” it exhorted.

                                When the torchbearer eventually trotted by in the Fukushima city of Iwaki, few of the modest crowd even bothered to applaud. Security officials, wearing sandwich boards to demand face masks and two metres of social distancing, monitored the silence approvingly.

                                “To tell the truth, I’m more on the side of thinking it shouldn’t go ahead, but for Japan’s economy I kind of understand the need,” said Yoshihito Shimojo, who had popped out of his restaurant to watch the relay pass through the town of Hirono.

                                “They haven’t really got an answer to the Covid-19 issue,” he said. “It’s hard to see a good outcome.”

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