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    https://www.inquirer.com/phillies/ph...-20210604.html

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    https://www.philliesnation.com/2021/...vid-protocols/

    They've since put more players on COVID Protocol. Maybe the Prime Minister can put the Phillies under a state of emergency, too.
    Last edited by booond; 07-11-2021, 04:23 PM.

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    • Baseball players are some of the dumbest people on the planet.

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      • In the case of a wildcat cancellation by Japan, a wildcat replacement city looks to be completely off the table now for the IOC. The Delta variant is making its way around Asia (although Taiwan seems to have things under control), with S. Korea now having its highest number of daily infections yet.

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        • Holding the Tokyo Olympics amid the covid pandemic threat is about corporate revenue, not the athletes


          Two weeks before the Tokyo Olympics torch-lighting ceremony, there is apparently too much momentum, and too much money at stake, to cancel. The state of emergency declared amid a new covid-19 outbreak? Minor setback.

          One of the most brazen, hubris-over-humanity cash grabs in modern sports history is preparing to open in a country where only about 16 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, where 83 percent of citizens say they want the Games canceled or again rescheduled, and where even the emperor has expressed concerns about the Games spreading the coronavirus.

          The International Olympic Committee gets the gold for greed, NBC Universal earns silver and Japanese Olympic organizers win bronze. Their prioritization of financial windfall over a public health crisis will be an enduring storyline of these pandemic-scarred Games.

          Never mind, apparently, that the Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association pleaded in May for cancellation, warning that there is neither hospital capacity nor the medical professionals necessary should an outbreak occur during a colossal multinational event.

          https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...-not-athletes/

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          • The proper thing would have been to move everything back an additional year and have one two-year Olympic cycle so that Tokyo 2020 became Tokyo 2022, leaving Paris 2024 and LA28 intact. This would reward older athletes who waited two years to compete and ensure the wunderkinds of not missing out on their athletic primes between Rio 2016 and Paris 2024.

            But the IOC, network heads and Japanese officials are focused on income. And when they weighed those billions against the possibility of residents and athletes contracting covid and much of the host country wishing they’d pick real-life ethics over professional gain, humanity never stood a chance.



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            • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
              Baseball players are some of the dumbest people on the planet.
              Yes.

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              • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                Baseball players are some of the dumbest people on the planet.
                I think rugby league players in the Australian professional league are worse, much worse.

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                • meanwhile, in Tokyo

                  TOKYO (Reuters) - A Tokyo hotel has apologised and removed signs saying "Japanese only" and "foreigners only" from elevators after the anti-COVID-19 precaution sparked outrage on social media ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics.


                  https://www.rawstory.com/olympics-to...levator-signs/

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                  • Originally posted by Tuariki View Post

                    I think rugby league players in the Australian professional league are worse, much worse.
                    Aside from the odd bean ball, or a nasty collision with the outfield wall, baseballers don't take nearly as many hits to the noggin as footballers. Just saying.

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                    • Meanwhile...

                      State of emergency begins in host city Tokyo as Games near

                      Olympic host city Tokyo entered a new state of emergency on Monday, less than two weeks before the Games begin amid worries about whether the measures can stem a rise in COVID-19 cases.

                      Organisers last week announced that spectators would be banned from nearly all venues. Spectators from abroad were already banned months ago, and officials are now asking residents to watch the Games on TV to keep the movement of people, which could spread contagion, to a minimum.

                      Opinion polls have consistently shown the Japanese public is concerned about going ahead with the Games during the pandemic.

                      Prime Mininster Yoshihide Suga's handling of the pandemic - including an initially slow vaccination rollout - has eroded his support. The issue is especially sensitive ahead of a national election and a ruling party leadership race due later this year.

                      https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sp...ar-2021-07-12/

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                      • The Other Nightmare Olympics Scenario: Positive Tests for Stars—or Whole Teams

                        Covid contact-tracing measures and a packed Tokyo Olympics schedule mean one positive test could risk knocking entire squads from competition


                        The biggest risk for any country in the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer is that a single athlete tests positive for the novel coronavirus, but some or all of their team is deemed a close contact—taking everyone out of competition.

                        And the biggest problem is that there aren’t many ways for a country to stop that from happening, leaving a threat that looms over everyone, including the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, Kenyan marathoners, Serbian basketballers and the Jamaican track squad. Tokyo’s tight schedule of 339 Olympic events over 19 days leaves no room for postponement.

                        An early warning of the possibility of one Covid-positive athlete taking down others came from the Dutch gymnastics delegation late last week. All gymnasts and staff had been vaccinated, a spokesperson for their sports federation said. One of them nonetheless tested positive shortly ahead of their planned departure to Japan.

                        The result was that the entire men’s and women’s teams stayed grounded in the Netherlands.

                        https://www.wsj.com/articles/tokyo-o...ng-11626146489

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                        • I pray that this event does not result in an increase in case loads in Japan. The Olympics are going off whether we think it wise or not. I sincerely hope that the Games are not remembered for being a public health tragedy, but for some of the most anticipated match-ups of the last several years.

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                          • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                            The Other Nightmare Olympics Scenario: Positive Tests for Stars—or Whole Teams

                            Covid contact-tracing measures and a packed Tokyo Olympics schedule mean one positive test could risk knocking entire squads from competition


                            The biggest risk for any country in the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer is that a single athlete tests positive for the novel coronavirus, but some or all of their team is deemed a close contact—taking everyone out of competition.

                            And the biggest problem is that there aren’t many ways for a country to stop that from happening, leaving a threat that looms over everyone, including the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, Kenyan marathoners, Serbian basketballers and the Jamaican track squad. Tokyo’s tight schedule of 339 Olympic events over 19 days leaves no room for postponement.

                            An early warning of the possibility of one Covid-positive athlete taking down others came from the Dutch gymnastics delegation late last week. All gymnasts and staff had been vaccinated, a spokesperson for their sports federation said. One of them nonetheless tested positive shortly ahead of their planned departure to Japan.

                            The result was that the entire men’s and women’s teams stayed grounded in the Netherlands.

                            https://www.wsj.com/articles/tokyo-o...ng-11626146489
                            Yes, unlike all major American sports, you can't call up players from the minor leagues or delay the games for another day. Whole teams could go to the OG and miss their events.

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                            • The Onion weighs in on this:

                              Headline - Tokyo Olympics To Prevent Covid Spread By Restricting Events To Short Outdoor Walks


                              https://www.theonion.com/tokyo-olymp...g-e-1847252745

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                              • Will the facilities in Tokyo provide sufficient practice/training sites to allow athletes to retain their peak fitness? The scenario that I see is a contact tracing nightmare. One team has an infection breakout, in close proximity to others teams sharing the practice venue. Dominos begin to fall. Am I wrong in thinking this?

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