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    Top Japanese virologist warns of risks of Tokyo Games during pandemic-paper

    A top Japanese virologist and government adviser has said there was a risk of spreading COVID-19 infections during the Tokyo Olympics, the Times of London reported on Tuesday, the latest high-profile warning about the global sporting showpiece.

    Tohoku University professor Hitoshi Oshitani was an architect of Japan's "Three Cs” approach to the pandemic, which advises avoiding closed spaces, crowds and close contact situations.

    “The government and the organising committee, including the IOC (International Olympic Committee), keep saying they’re holding a safe Olympics. But everybody knows there is a risk. It’s 100 per cent impossible to have an Olympics with zero risk...of the spread of infection in Japan and also in other countries after the Olympics," the Times quoted Oshitani as telling the newspaper.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-p...er-2021-06-08/

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    • Who Could Cancel the Tokyo Olympics?

      A final decision about the Games is a high-stakes game of chicken between Japan and the International Olympic Committee. The Japanese government may have leverage.


      https://www.wsj.com/articles/who-cou...cs-11623111896

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      • “Mr. Pound’s remarks are simply crazy,” former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama shot back on Twitter. “He should quit mocking the 80% of Japanese that don’t want the Olympics to go ahead.”

        The sharp exchange raises a question: Who gets to decide whether this giant and complex global event will proceed despite a wall of pandemic-related obstacles?


        The IOC and the Tokyo organizing committee insist that the Olympics are a go. In response to recent questions from The Wall Street Journal, the IOC says it has entered into the “operational delivery” phase of the Olympics and that “it has become clearer than ever that these Games will be safe for everyone participating and the Japanese people.”

        However, the Japanese government could move to cancel or postpone the Games if public pressure to do so remains high. Japan itself isn’t a party to the original host-city agreement that underpins the Games, and the country could pull legislative or immigration levers to block the event. Doing so could ignite a court battle that would be damaging to the image of the IOC and the Olympics.

        With just more than six weeks remaining until the planned July 23 opening ceremony, set to take place after a one-year postponement, the path forward remains shaky.

        The IOC’s determination to press ahead is countered by frequent resistance from Japan’s citizens, politicians, medical workers and corporate leaders.


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        • https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/...moving-forward
          New infections in Tokyo are down to around 500 cases a day from 1,000 a month ago. The number of hospitalizations and the seriously ill have also decreased, but the levels are still higher than some levels of last fall when COVID-19 variants were not prevalent in Japan.

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          • Adding a little balance...

            Japan resistance to the Olympics seeing signs of easing, polls show

            A poll by the conservative Yomiuri newspaper found 50% of respondents said the event should go ahead in July, a rise from 39% in a similar survey carried out by the paper in early May
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            A separate survey by broadcaster TBS found 44% saying the global sports spectacular should go ahead in some form, up 9 percentage points on last month.
            https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...-survey-tokyo/

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            • Tokyo warned locals pose greater Covid risk to Olympics than visitors


              Under Nakata’s model, increased activity by the Japanese public posed the risk of a rise of 90-120 infections a day in a few months. “Rather than contact between athletes, or between athletes and regular people, it’s clearly far more important to limit the movement of the Japanese public,” said Omi. The third area of risk was stress on the medical system, both in terms of doctors and nurses needed to staff the Olympics and the pressure from more Covid-19 cases. As a result, Japan’s clinicians tend to be more negative about the games than epidemiologists. “It’ll draw doctors away from university and city hospitals,” said Satoshi Hori, an expert on infection control at Juntendo University in Tokyo. “They’re unpaid volunteers. At present they’re busy at hospitals so it’ll cause a shortage of staff.” Hori said the Olympics should be cancelled. “For a short event, holding it in a bubble is practical, but to have lots of events in lots of venues over weeks — can that really be held in a bubble?” he asked. The final danger is that a visitor to the games brings a new Covid-19 variant into Japan. Naoto Ueyama, head of the Japan Doctors Union, has even speculated that holding the games could give rise to a “Tokyo Olympic” strain of the disease.

              https://www.ft.com/content/9efb00cc-...5-2b342091800e

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              • https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-di...ing/a-57809957
                On Tuesday, Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto announced that Japan's 70,000 Olympics-related staff could expect to start getting vaccinated in mid-June.

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                • USATF says vax not mandatory for athletes, but will be for staff...... story on home page

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                  • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post

                    Lol...that's one way....instead of canceling just ban everyone...

                    It's bordering on farce now.
                    If the 14 day quarantining happens the British will be demanding the quarantining facility/hotel to have 300m hallways for DAS to train in. 😁😁

                    And getting entry in to Japan asap to allow for as much as possible outdoor training

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                    • Originally posted by Tuariki View Post

                      If the 14 day quarantining happens the British will be demanding the quarantining facility/hotel to have 300m hallways for DAS to train in. 😁😁

                      And getting entry in to Japan asap to allow for as much as possible outdoor training
                      The list in that article made absolutely no sense I call giant BS.

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                      • Originally posted by donley2 View Post

                        The list in that article made absolutely no sense I call giant BS.
                        Why? What basis?

                        Thst article makes as much sense as anything else coming out about the Games going ahead.

                        And IMO the biggest BS is that the Games (for now) are going ahead.

                        But if they do go ahead, I will enjoy watching and hope that no athlete is disadvantaged by covid-19 protocols.

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                        • Originally posted by Tuariki View Post

                          Why? What basis?
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                          Show me a covid 19 related fact based analysis that would result in that particular set of countries. It simply makes no sense.

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                          • Originally posted by donley2 View Post

                            Show me a covid 19 related fact based analysis that would result in that particular set of countries. It simply makes no sense.
                            The only fact basis that counts are the rules of entry into Japan set by their government

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                            • well, this could cause a revolution!

                              Tokyo Olympics considering ban on alcohol in athletes village


                              https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/...hletes-village

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                              • Originally posted by gh View Post
                                well, this could cause a revolution!

                                Tokyo Olympics considering ban on alcohol in athletes village


                                https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/...hletes-village
                                Sure, why not? They are already looking to be the most f'd up OGs of our lifetimes, let's make it even more fun for the athletes . . .

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