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  • Warming up, lining up, racing, and finishing (for runners) will be surreal. Same goes for field events. For some this might only feel like another track meet and they will underperform because they cannot function at their highest level without the emotional stimulus of the crowd.

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    • [no foreign fans] [no fans period].... we may well add no teams and no olympics.
      US Hoopster Bradley Beal
      https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/oth...ols/ar-AAMarkk
      Positive Covid tests as the games draw nigh could keep individuals and anyone they were in contact with from traveling to Japan.
      Last edited by jc203; 07-16-2021, 04:45 AM.

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      • Infections in Tokyo hit 6-month high as post-Olympics surge feared

        https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...onth-high.html

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        • Japan's vaccine czar pumps brakes amid supply crunch

          https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...ly-crunch.html

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          • The Tokyo Olympics Were Always Cursed

            For those of us in Japan, it’s not just COVID that’s darkened vibes around the Games.

            https://slate.com/culture/2021/07/to...evictions.html

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            • A Ugandan athlete participating in a training camp in western Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympics has gone missing, and police are now conducting a search, local officials and the team said Friday, in a case that may raise further questions about the safety of the games to be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

              Julius Ssekitoleko, a 20-year-old athlete, staying in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, was not at his accommodations when an official attempted to receive his sample for coronavirus testing at around noon Friday, about 12 hours since he was last seen, the city said.

              The development may fuel concerns over the anti-virus measures in place by the Olympic organizers, which have said athletes will only be allowed to go to limited locations and will not come into contact with locals.

              https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...s-missing.html

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              • Tokyo Olympics Are Put to the Test a Week Before Starting

                Cases are spreading among Games personnel, even as organizers have imposed strict rules.


                Athletes in isolation. A host city under a state of emergency with coronavirus cases surging. Empty venues where winners will place medals around their own necks.

                One week before the Summer Olympics are scheduled to begin in Tokyo, organizers, participants and officials in Japan face ever-growing challenges as they try to pull off the world’s biggest sporting event in the middle of a pandemic.

                Organizers have instituted strict Covid rules, barring spectators from most events, mass-testing Olympics personnel, and creating bubbles aimed at separating the public from the thousands of athletes, coaches and guests flying in from around the world. On Thursday, the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, insisted that there was no risk that the Games would spread infections, saying that organizers would do everything they could to ensure “that we do not bring any risk to the Japanese people.”

                But concerns have grown after several coronavirus cases emerged in recent days among competitors and others involved with the Games.

                https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/07...olympics-covid

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                • Olympic ‘bubble’ plan to halt virus leads to chaos at hotels, airports

                  The “bubble” that is supposed to contain Olympic athletes and related officials to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus has already burst.

                  Even a week before the start of the Tokyo Games, it has become clear that organizers’ plans to separate Olympic-related people and the general public are failing miserably.

                  Chaos has often ensued at airports among staff trying to guide Olympic delegations. Hotels are at a loss over how to check for COVID-19 rule-breakers among their guests from abroad.

                  And the situation is expected to become more complicated as additional Olympic-related visitors arrive in the country ahead of the Opening Ceremony on July 23.

                  https://www.asahi.com/sp/ajw/articles/14395747


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                  • Tokyo region sees signs of 5th COVID wave, cases at 6-month highs

                    https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...cases-sat.html

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                    • 1st case of COVID-19 found in Tokyo Olympic village

                      https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...c-village.html

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                      • The dire economics of the Olympics

                        https://www.axios.com/olympics-econo...a92fff16f.html

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                        • Meanwhile, local officials in Osaka said the Ugandan athlete who had gone missing from a training camp there left a note that he intended to stay in Japan because of difficulties living back home, according to local media. The Ugandan athlete failed to show up to a coronavirus test on Friday and had been reported missing. Local officials said they found the note in his place of accommodation.

                          https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...case-olympics/

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                          • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                            Meanwhile, local officials in Osaka said the Ugandan athlete who had gone missing from a training camp there left a note that he intended to stay in Japan because of difficulties living back home, according to local media. The Ugandan athlete failed to show up to a coronavirus test on Friday and had been reported missing. Local officials said they found the note in his place of accommodation.

                            https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...case-olympics/
                            I wonder how many athletes from basket case countries will claim asylum.

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                            • Originally posted by Tuariki View Post

                              I wonder how many athletes from basket case countries will claim asylum.
                              How many will be accepted is the real question....none.

                              Unvaccinated athletes running around Japan....sounds great.

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                              • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post

                                How many will be accepted is the real question....none.

                                Unvaccinated athletes running around Japan....sounds great.
                                If Japan's refugee system is in accordance with the UN Refugee Convention, a good many of them will succeed

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