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  • Originally posted by 18.99s View Post
    500,000 cases total since the pandemic began? In early January, the USA was getting over 500,000 in 2 days!
    The UK has had over 4 million total with about half the population of Japan.

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    • True the relative numbers aren't very high..but they are going in the wrong direction...and the population is very vulnerable... and vaccines are barely a thing still...which is probably why a majority of the Japanese don't want the Olympics this year.

      https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...irus-april-10/

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      • Referring to the title of this thread - an orthopaedic colleague of mine is quite bummed out about no foreign fans in Tokyo. His daughter currently has the world's fastest time this year in the 100 metre butterfly (swimming) and is a favorite to make the USA Olympic team for Tokyo - but he and his wife cannot go watch her. A true bummer for parents in this situation.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claire_Curzan
        https://swimswam.com/bio/claire-curzan/#content
        https://www.caryortho.com/orthopaedi...k-a-curzan-md/

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        • That's bad for the parents, for sure.

          As much as I love the Olympics (track and field only, really), I have never had the urge to attend one. World Championships? Yes, absolutely.

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          • Originally posted by gm View Post
            That's bad for the parents, for sure.

            As much as I love the Olympics (track and field only, really), I have never had the urge to attend one. ....
            as the Japanese say about Fujiyama: everybody should climb it.... once!

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            • Been to 3 OGs, 72, 84, 96; don't need another (altho LA 28 is tempting).
              Very keen about WC22 at Hayward!

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              • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                True the relative numbers aren't very high..but they are going in the wrong direction...and the population is very vulnerable... and vaccines are barely a thing still...which is probably why a majority of the Japanese don't want the Olympics this year.

                https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...irus-april-10/
                I haven't talked to a single Japanese person who wants them to go ahead. Mind you, that's only about 20 people.

                In NZ we have just shut our border to anyone coming to NZ from India, including NZ citizens.

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                • Originally posted by gm View Post
                  That's bad for the parents, for sure.'ve

                  As much as I love the Olympics (track and field only, really), I have never had the urge to attend one. World Championships? Yes, absolutely.
                  I've attended 12 Olympics, but attended only three sessions of sports other than track and field, and each of those times, was basically dragged there a family member who wanted to see a particular event. I've been to all of the World Championships since they started, and as far as I'm concerned, they are more enjoyable. The level of competition and he performances are at the same high level, and at the Worlds, you don't have to deal with all of he logistical hassles that so often accompany the Olympics, including crowding and transportation issues relating to the multi-venue Olympic Park.

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                  • Claire Curzan just swam 56.20 today for the 100 butterfly - 2nd fastest time ever by an American (Dana Vollmer 55.98). So she is definitely for real.

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                    • Tokyo Olympic organisers to secure 300 hotel rooms for athletes with COVID-19-Kyodo (yahoo.com)

                      Tokyo Olympic organisers plan to prepare 300 hotel rooms for athletes who test positive for the coronavirus at this summer's Games but show no or minor symptoms of COVID-19, Kyodo news agency said on Sunday.

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                      • A total of 60.3% of people in Japan surveyed in a recent poll said they were dissatisfied with the progress of the government’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Kyodo News said Monday.

                        The figure compared with 36.5% who said they were satisfied, in the nationwide telephone poll conducted by the agency between Saturday and Monday.

                        In the poll, 92.6% said they felt anxious about a resurgence of COVID-19 infections, with 56.5% disapproving of the government’s handling of the pandemic and 35.9% expressing approval.

                        The poll found 39.2% believed the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, planned for the summer, should be canceled, while 32.8% thought they should be rescheduled. Only 24.5% responded that the games should be held as scheduled.


                        https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...suga-vaccines/

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                        • Tokyo Olympics: 72 percent of Japanese polled want the games canceled or postponed over slow vaccine rollout

                          https://www.cbssports.com/olympics/n...ccine-rollout/

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                          • Organizers celebrate 100 days until problem-plagued Tokyo Games

                            Less than 100 days remain until the opening ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, which have been marred for monthsby waning public support and a surging pandemic.

                            Organizers tried to strike a positive note during a celebration to mark the occasion Wednesday, espousing steadfast optimism even as new virus countermeasures are imposed in a growing list of prefectures as a fourth wave of the pandemic takes hold.

                            Uncertainty shrouds details of how the games will be held, if at all, but one thing remains clear: The virus is spreading at a quickening pace.


                            Polls have shown that public support for proceeding with the games as planned is declining.

                            Nearly 70% of people believe the games should be postponed again or canceled altogether, according to a poll of 1,500 households released by the Asahi Shimbun on Monday. More than 90% of respondents said in-person spectators should be reduced or banned completely.

                            But experts warn that even if no spectators are allowed at the games, it would still be dangerous to hold them if COVID-19 continues to run rampant.

                            “If the virus spreads any further, athletes visiting from countries around the world would make hosting the games difficult even if there are no spectators,” said Haruo Ozaki, president of the Tokyo Medical Association, during a news conference Tuesday. “If variants spread abruptly or the vaccination process suffers further delays, front-line workers will need to focus on treating virus patients.”

                            https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...lympics-tokyo/

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                            • https://www.insidethegames.biz/artic...-skating-osaka

                              Fans are set to attend the International Skating Union (ISU) World Team Trophy in Osaka, despite concerns over a rise of COVID-19 cases in the prefecture.

                              The event, featuring teams from Japan, the United States, Canada, France, Italy and the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FSR), is scheduled to begin tomorrow and conclude on Sunday (April 18).

                              Organisers are due to allow spectators entry to the event, although exact numbers have not been announced.

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                              • In break from official line, LDP No. 2 floats Tokyo Games cancellation

                                Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said Thursday that canceling the Tokyo Games “is still an option,” a rare admission by a top official that has cast further doubt upon the postponed sporting event.

                                “If it’s too difficult (to hold the games), they should be canceled,” Nikai said during an interview with TBS. “What is the point of the Olympics if it helps spread the virus further?”

                                Nikai’s remarks come as doubt continues to shroud the Tokyo Games, with top officials and scientists clashing over how many domestic spectators should be allowed to attend competitive events in person or whether the games should even go ahead.

                                While organizers announced in March that fans from overseas would be banned from attending, the debate over the degree to which domestic spectators will be capped continues to be divisive.

                                But experts warn that even holding the games without spectators would be dangerous if COVID-19 is still running rampant.

                                Hiroshi Nishiura, a professor at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Medicine and a member of the central government’s coronavirus advisory board, said organizers should consider postponing the games for another year.

                                “If a majority of the general population is to be vaccinated by a year later, postponing the Tokyo Games one more year should be considered an effective option,” Nishiura told weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun.

                                https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...s-coronavirus/

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