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  • “Thomas Bach and John Coates are neck and neck in the race for the most hated pariah here. I predict a dead heat,” said a Japanese Twitter user.

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    • Bach did not say that Japanese people had to make sacrifice. And he even clarified that "everyone" who needed to make sacrifice did not include regular Japanese people.

      But the crooked media intentionally distorted his words to galvanize the opposition against the Olympics, and the gullible public has largely accepted this deception. Many of them believe that Olympic athletes from other countries are a bunch of entitled narcissists who are not willing to make any sacrifice whatsoever.

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      • Japanese Business Leaders Add to Chorus Against Holding Olympics

        SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son says losses from proceeding with Games would far outweigh losses from cancellation


        TOKYO—Opposition to the Tokyo Olympics opening in two months has deepened in Japan and spread to some prominent business leaders despite organizers highlighting recent warm-up events as evidence that the Games can safely go ahead.

        On Sunday, Masayoshi Son, the chief executive of technology investment company SoftBank Group Corp. , painted a scenario in which arriving athletes and officials triggered a new wave of infections with virus variants, leading to deaths, more emergency shutdowns and further shrinkage of Japan’s economy.

        Canceling the Games might bring financial losses, but by holding them, Mr. Son wrote on Twitter, “I think we’re going to lose something much bigger.”


        https://www.wsj.com/articles/japanes...cs-11621855864

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        • US citizens warned not to travel to Japan as Tokyo Olympics near




          The latest troubling sign for the Summer Games came Monday when the State Department advised US citizens against traveling to Japan because of a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases.

          The "Level 4: Do Not Travel" advisory is the highest cautionary level in the department's hierarchy of warnings.



          https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/j...ory/index.html

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          • Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
            But the crooked media intentionally distorted his words to galvanize the opposition against the Olympics, and the gullible public has largely accepted this deception. Many of them believe that Olympic athletes from other countries are a bunch of entitled narcissists who are not willing to make any sacrifice whatsoever.
            While I would not go so far as calling the media crooked, it does seem that the constant drumbeat is fed by the assumption that stories about a possible cancellation of the Games will attract readers and viewers.

            The reality is that for a year now leagues and organizers have managed to put on big-time sporting events with limited or no spectators and it is very likely that best practices on how to do that without creating a public health catastrophe will be followed to the letter by the Tokyo organizers.

            Olympic analyst Rich Perelman puts it a little more bluntly:

            Bad news for anti-Olympic whiners: Tokyo Games will go on, and it appears some spectators may be allowed!

            http://www.thesportsexaminer.com/lan...ay-be-allowed/

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            • This is what will happen:

              1. The Olympics will be held in Tokyo this year. At worst, a sport or few will be removed from Tokyo and they'll hold their Olympic competition in another country, during or after the Games.

              2. Vaccines, pre-flight and post-arrival Covid testing, bubble protocols during the Games, and spectator limitations will bring the result of no measurable outbreaks in Japan related to the Games.

              3. The End.

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              • Canceling Tokyo Olympics is 'essentially off the table,' says IOC member Dick Pound

                https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/25/sport...ntl/index.html

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                • Originally posted by 18.99s View Post
                  This is what will happen:

                  1. The Olympics will be held in Tokyo this year. At worst, a sport or few will be removed from Tokyo and they'll hold their Olympic competition in another country, during or after the Games.

                  2. Vaccines, pre-flight and post-arrival Covid testing, bubble protocols during the Games, and spectator limitations will bring the result of no measurable outbreaks in Japan related to the Games.

                  3. The End.
                  Since I am going working for the USOPC, I spent 2 hours last night on a webinar the USOPC put on for all their "employees" related to the measures being taken in Tokyo and what we have to do in terms of COVID restrictions, and what the USOPC and the Organizing Committee is doing to protect us, and to protect Japanese citizens from us and other visitors. I can tell you, the restrictions are intensive, and the USOPC and the Japanese Organizing Committee have this very well planned to do exactly what 18.99 is predicting. Very few stones left unturned. Whether 18.99 is correct or not, I don't know, but I know they are doing what they can to have the Games go on despite the ongoing pandemic.

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                  • Japan's Suga stares down an Olympic challenge

                    Just two months before the Tokyo Olympics are due to begin, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito face a massive political problem.

                    Ten prefectures including Tokyo remain under a state of emergency due to COVID-19, with it set to expire for nine of them on May 31 — a deadline now likely to be extended well into June for some. On Monday, the U.S. advised its citizens not to travel to Japan because of the risk of infection. Polls show the majority of the public wants the games canceled, with medical experts warning that going ahead with the Olympics could lead to superspreader events in Japan and elsewhere during and afterward.

                    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...itical-impact/

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                    • Cancelling the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer would cost Japan around 1.81 trillion yen ($17 billion), a research institute estimate showed Tuesday, as Japan scrambles to curb coronavirus infections with the major sporting event now just two months away.

                      The Nomura Research Institute warns of even a bigger economic loss if a fresh state of emergency is declared to cope with another spike in coronavirus cases after the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been held as scheduled.

                      "Even if the games are canceled, the economic loss will be smaller than (the damage done by) a state of emergency,"

                      https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...an-17-bil.html

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                      • USOPC website statement:

                        https://www.usatf.org/news/2021/usopc-statement

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                        • MLB veteran player Todd Frazier who was recently released by the Pirates is at the USA baseball training camp trying to make the USA team going to Tokyo.

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                          • Olympics-'Absurd' to stage Tokyo Games, says professor of public health

                            A professor of public health and adviser to the New Zealand government said on Tuesday there was no justification for holding the Tokyo Olympics during a pandemic, and to go ahead would be 'absurd' and cost lives.

                            Otago University professor Michael Baker, who specialises in epidemiology and has worked on a COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group for the Ministry of Health, told Reuters the Games should be cancelled.

                            "I think it is absurd to have the Olympics at the present time," he said.


                            https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/oly...164259462.html

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                            • CBS News this morning....video..

                              https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-t...-travel-japan/

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                              • meanwhile, where the rubber meets the road...

                                Asahi Daily, an Official Tokyo Olympics Partner, Calls for Cancellation of Games


                                https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news...D19%20pandemic.

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