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Now that the Paralympics have ended, are you glad that Japan went ahead and hosted them and the Olympics?

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The Olympics represented a triumph of capitalist greed over Japan's wellbeing. Now we have another "Olympics" to deal with, namely the regaining the nation's health. There will be a lot of casualties in the fight against the pandemic but no medals and cheering crowds.

29 ( +37 / -8 )

Of course no

25 ( +38 / -13 )

Now that the Paralympics have ended, are you glad that Japan went ahead and hosted them and the Olympics?

I think the response is in the question if one re-writes it a little bit, as in:

Are we glad that we got force fed a ridiculously ill-timed and dangerous jingoistic (but ultimately failed) PR-event paid with our tax-money which channelled the loot into the pocket of a happy few while we (the public) are still struggling with its economic, financial, social and health aftermath?

25 ( +33 / -8 )

Hard "No".

18 ( +26 / -8 )

Unquestionably NO!!!!

18 ( +27 / -9 )

All the effort and resources that were focused on the Olympics were effort and resources that were not being focused on battling Covid.

Supporting struggling businesses, concentrating on meaningful test/tracing, encouraging telework - these are all things that took a back seat to pushing Sports Day through regardless.

18 ( +22 / -4 )

I am a sportsman. I love Olympics. Unfortunately, The Tokyo 2020 Olympics hit a bump on the road where Covid-19 and people's health and safety were a lot more important than playing some games.

IOC is like a mafia and countries have to sign contracts where IOC makes all the major decisions, regardless of the circumstances of the countries.

Tokyo / Japan had little say in cancelling the games.

Plus, holding the Games now are very expensive.

14 ( +19 / -5 )

The J government just rammed it through regardless of what the public thought or wanted. They played the dice and were lucky that there were no super spikes (that we know of yet). But why would they take chances with the well-being of the population for a few week of limelight.

12 ( +17 / -5 )

Definitely NO.

10 ( +19 / -9 )

HELL NO!

10 ( +18 / -8 )

Look, when we got the hosting, the first pricing was absolutely astronomical. Someone thought they could just get away with it. Only after a public outcry did the price come down to a fraction (almost, you know what I mean) of what it was first. However, even so, this is a one-time event and the total cost spent on building all sorts of things will not be recouped. Even stadiums of this size will not be fully utilized in the future and so this is throwing money out the window. And in the case of Japan, there is another problem - absolutely no other plan. Everyone is focused on a specific date, but not on what happens after that. And then the amount that was related to the operation. For example, the affair about the food that was thrown away, etc.

Most of the host countries already have sufficient venues before the Olympics, and yet they are building new venues that will then go empty anyway.

9 ( +15 / -6 )

There is nothing that can give me the will to put the Olympics/Paralympics above the freedoms enjoyed by keeping the coronavirus at bay.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Ditto the above responses: A 'NO' that is harder than diamond.

8 ( +17 / -9 )

While it was a nice short-term distraction from the current global pandemic situation, that's literally all it was. A short-term distraction. A very costly short-term distraction which will cost Japan both financially and from a COVID recovery perspective. Short-term gain for long-term loss.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

It was like a BBQ on a cold rainy day without friends and alcohol, and with a week of running nose afterwards.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Both games should have been cancelled last year with the government concentrating 100% on ending the pandemic.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

This Olympics had nothing to do with sports, it had only capitalism, corruption and personal interests involved. very sad Olympics.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Was this poll really necessary? Freedoms? Lol.Tell that to Aussies in a hard lockdown.

2 ( +9 / -7 )

I honestly thought that when vaccines became available in January of this year that the government and health ministries were going to make the maximum effort to get everyone vaccinated before the opening of the Games. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to show Japan's "victory over the Coronavirus" and give doctors and other healthcare workers front-row seats in the packed stadiums.

But instead we got . . . this.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Japan did it as well as any other developed country would have - Japan is not special. That, however, doesn’t mean it should have happened.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

How much did the stadium actually cost to build after the redesign? Wondering if it even saved any money at all.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

John

Some of you are so pessimistic....it’s really terrible that you all live in perpetual fear of...well it seems like everything.

"Everything"?

That's hardly true. But the Coronavirus? There's value in being afraid of things that can kill you, especially things that can do so, unseen. That would encourage you to take appropriate action to protect yourself against the virus - vaccinations, masking, et al.

You might be okay with the govt taking a roll of the dice with your life. I'm not so cavalier.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Yes - now we can stop hearing about them

Anyway, what’s done is done.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

no.

why yes?no single reason for that...

0 ( +7 / -7 )

I wasn't even glad when we were awarded the Olympics.

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

It was supposed to be like that. Preparation was made and now it's clear but not clean. Some human life has been damaged. Japan had to go through this rough situation. This will be forgotten slowly over the years, in fact the world doesn't even care because most of the people doesn't even know the start and end of Tokyo Olympics.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Thousands & thousands of athletes from all over the world have been preparing their whole life for this. I, for one, am glad they got the chance which they have been dreaming about since forever.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

*did it.. lol..

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Some of you are so pessimistic....it’s really terrible that you all live in perpetual fear of...well it seems like everything.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

The Olympics had to be postponed longer but inevitably were developed in the midst of a global pandemic, despite everything there were very few infections related to the Olympics and Japan made a great effort that surely another country would hardly do.

If Japan had not done it, surely another country would not have missed the opportunity to do it as well, regardless of the pandemic.

The Olympics are over, they were a success, those who keep whining, get over it and move on.

Japan didi it well, get used to it..

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Yes, and I am not surprised at all that most voted no. These people would vote regardless just to spite Japan.

Look at all the amazing world records and performances at the games. Glad it happened.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Yep,

A little ray of sunshine in the ludicrous situation the world finds itself in!

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Great job - all considering. Watched a fair bit of both via OBS coverage which really was very good.

-9 ( +7 / -16 )

Look, Japan did a great job under the circumstances. Be proud of that.

-12 ( +15 / -27 )

what a loaded question !

How much longer are you going to feed the anti-Olympics mob’s rage !?

we’ve had to put up with their whining & complaining for months now. It’s over & done with now, so let’s move on

-14 ( +7 / -21 )

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