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  • Meanwhile....in the Financial Times...

    The surreal spectacle of Tokyo’s Covid Olympiad


    As the world’s greatest athletes began to pour through the airport and a Covidmenaced Tokyo entered its final countdown to the Olympic Games this Friday, an immense, disembodied human head rose above the city to open the Cultural Olympiad.

    The merits of the giant hot air balloon as a piece of art are for others to decide

    The strangeness of Tokyo’s huge head is amplified by the prevailing strangeness of these games — an event that has polarised the difference between success and failure like no other and now teeters somewhere between the two.


    As matters stand, with Tokyo in a state of emergency, infections at a six-month high, a visiting Olympic delegate in hospital with Covid-19, an outbreak among athletes and audiences barred from almost all events, the head highlights the difficulty of simultaneously putting on an amazing show and begging people not to gather and marvel at it.

    If reconciling that paradox is tough for the organisers of the games and the surrounding events, it is becoming all but impossible for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government. His cabinet is now at a record low (according to a Friday poll by Jiji) sub-30 per cent approval rating and knows that in a couple of months’ time it will be answering for all this, but without its International Olympic Committee bodyguard.


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    • A prime example of this dawning horror has been Suga’s apology-strewn management of the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants — which suggests that, in its current wrench between the conflicting duties of host and protector, his government cannot organise “a brewery in a piss-up”.

      The problem centres on Tokyo’s fourth state of emergency (SOE), which will cover the period before and after the Olympics. As with the city’s three previous SOEs, it allows bars and restaurants to open until 8pm, but requests they not sell booze. With each successive declaration, both the purveyors and consumers of alcohol have become bolder in calling the state’s bluff, fighting a mutual rebellion for the right to drink and stay in business, creating what is essentially a Potemkin Prohibition. By SOE2, the trade continued under the cloak of impenetrable verbal codes like “grape juice” and “barley tea”; at this point in SOE4, with the sun shining and vaccinations rising, diners just ask for wine or beer.

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      • The Games will go on. Some athletes will not be able to compete. The spectators will stay home. Pro sports did it last year. Olympics will do it this year.

        Teeth suckers will continue to do their thing.

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        • They may....but comparing pro sports, in their bubble and in one country, and the Olympics, the latter an invasion by the entire world, many unvaccinated, is rather idiotic.

          And it already is failing....even the British are bringing it with them.

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          • Meanwhile...

            Athletes to sleep on ‘anti-sex’ cardboard beds at Olympic Games amid COVID

            https://nypost.com/2021/07/18/athlet...olympic-games/

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            • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
              They may....but comparing pro sports, in their bubble and in one country, and the Olympics, the latter an invasion by the entire world, many unvaccinated, is rather idiotic.

              And it already is failing....even the British are bringing it with them.
              Yep. The NBA had a strict 2-week quarantine for everyone entering the bubble and once in, they had to wear tracking devices. Today, I saw Allyson Felix and Sydney McLaughling being interviewed at a meet in California less than 2 weeks before they're due to get into the starting blocks in Tokyo.

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              • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                Meanwhile...

                Athletes to sleep on ‘anti-sex’ cardboard beds at Olympic Games amid COVID

                https://nypost.com/2021/07/18/athlet...olympic-games/
                Not exactly a brilliant innovation. Those kids are so fit one will just hop on and get a ride around the room.

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                • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                  They may....but comparing pro sports, in their bubble and in one country, and the Olympics, the latter an invasion by the entire world, many unvaccinated, is rather idiotic.

                  And it already is failing....even the British are bringing it with them.
                  NPB and J League teams are not even in bubbles. And they are still playing their games with spectators. I hope none of the Olympians will turn on the TV to watch any sporting events taking place in Japan. They will be left wondering "why can't we have just a fraction of spectators they have?"

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                  • Originally posted by 1.609 View Post

                    Not exactly a brilliant innovation. Those kids are so fit one will just hop on and get a ride around the room.
                    And how did they decide what the weight of a "single person" is, anyway? The likes of Lasha Talakhadze and Ryan Crouser easily weigh twice of an average male.

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                    • Originally posted by TN1965 View Post

                      NPB and J League teams are not even in bubbles. And they are still playing their games with spectators. I hope none of the Olympians will turn on the TV to watch any sporting events taking place in Japan. They will be left wondering "why can't we have just a fraction of spectators they have?"
                      Yet another inconsistency in this whole process. Straight answers not on the horizon.
                      You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!

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                      • U.S. female gymnast tests positive for COVID ahead of Olympics

                        https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...for-covid.html

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                        • Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will not air TV commercials related to the Tokyo Olympics in Japan and its president Akio Toyoda will not attend the opening ceremony later this week of the global sporting event.

                          The decision by Toyota, one of the top corporate sponsors of the Olympics, reflects the automaker's efforts to prevent its brand image from being tarnished as the games are going ahead despite strong public opposition and fears of a further spread of the coronavirus.

                          https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...-in-japan.html

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                          • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                            Meanwhile...

                            Athletes to sleep on ‘anti-sex’ cardboard beds at Olympic Games amid COVID

                            https://nypost.com/2021/07/18/athlet...olympic-games/
                            Headline - Irish gymnast jumps on Olympic Village cardboard bed to debunk 'anti-sex fake news


                            https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/oth...?ocid=msedgntp


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                            • A man believed to be a Ugandan athlete who went missing last week from his pre-Olympic training camp in western Japan has been spotted on a surveillance camera at JR Nagoya Station, about 200 kilometers from where he was staying, a police source said Monday.

                              Julius Ssekitoleko, a weightlifter who was staying in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, went missing Friday after leaving a note at his hotel saying he wanted to work in Japan as life in his home country was difficult. The city and his team have been looking for him with help from the police.


                              https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...a-station.html

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                              • South African soccer team outbreak tests Tokyo Olympics’ ‘covid-safe’ strategy


                                An outbreak of infections among members of the South African men’s soccer team has emerged as the first test of Olympic officials’ strategy of aggressive testing and swift isolation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus throughout the Tokyo Games.

                                Two dozen people affiliated with the South African soccer team, the vast majority of them athletes, are under individual quarantine after three team members tested positive, Olympic officials announced Monday. They were the first athletes to test positive from inside the Olympic Village, where thousands of players and staff reside and dine. Later Monday, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced that an alternate for its women’s gymnastics team had tested positive, and another was considered a close contact.

                                With just four days until the Opening Ceremonies, the incidents underscored growing fears about whether the Games would end up a superspreader event. The rise of the delta variant around the world and coronavirus infections in Tokyo have raised concerns about the thousands of foreign visitors entering Japan.

                                https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...ovid-outbreak/

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