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IOC says no ideal solution for Tokyo Olympics as athletes' dissent grows

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Sooner we postpone the Olympics, the sooner Japan can start testing it's people. I can't Japan is still under 1000 cases while Europe and America are approaching 10000 cases a country.

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"The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family's health and public health to train every day?" Stefanidi tweeted. "You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months."

But the show must go on-what a total farce!

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Sooner we postpone the Olympics, the sooner Japan can start testing it's people. I can't Japan is still under 1000 cases while Europe and America are approaching 10000 cases a country.

Agreed. All this uncertainty about the Olympics is a distraction from the more important issue. Settle it by postponing them to free the Japanese gvt's hands to take whatever action is neccesary to deal with the virus. At this point this 'gung ho' attitude over the Olympics are weighing so heavily on their minds they're blinkered and not thinking clearly.

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Hayley Wickenheiser, a Canadian IOC member with four ice hockey gold medals, warned "this crisis is bigger than even the Olympics".

Perfectly said. I am sure before winning four Golds Hayley was a high school athlete but now a four time Gold medal winner is talking straight sense.

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"The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family's health and public health to train every day?" Stefanidi tweeted. "You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months."

Looks like athletes have better judgement than the beaurocrats.

"There is zero consideration of the risk they are putting us in right now."

EXACTLY!!! Its all about the money.

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Now it's really unraveling

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July 24 is a long way from now. Trump says the crisis might be over by then.

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On the news they keep saying that they can't postpone, until 2021, the TV rights holders don't want it then. I say screw the TV rights holders and stage the Olympics whenever you want. This whole fiasco started because of NBC, which demanded the games be held in July and August, just for them.

The world is changing for good or bad thanks to this virus, and I hope that people begin to take back some of the power that has been given to large corporations.

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If athletes can't train or qualify?

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IOC is right.

Why all this fuss now. No need to take an early decision. In one month, everything might be over or settle down. And the excessive parano down.

IOC should say, we’ll take a decision at the beginning of May, then wait and see until then

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Four months out and only 57% of athletes are scheduled to come? That itself, is telling.

I guess that within days, there are going to be full-on athlete boycotts. The entire reputation and integrity of the Olympics is threatened, with far reaching consequences.

IOC: If you don't take care of the athletes and listen to their concerns, there can be no Olympics.

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Perhaps Abe is insistent on the Games being held as scheduled because he is banking on a large number of athletes not coming and the Japanese athletes winning an outsized number of medals for lack of competition. And this will somehow justify his wishes to change the Constitution and debase the yen. Somehow.

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"Sooner we postpone the Olympics, the sooner Japan can start testing it's people."

And exactly what's that got to do with Japan?!

Postponing the Games it's not in Japan's hands; ONLY the IOC can do that.

Seriously.

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didouToday  08:20 am JST

IOC is right.

Why all this fuss now. No need to take an early decision. In one month, everything might be over or settle down. And the excessive parano down.

IOC should say, we’ll take a decision at the beginning of May, then wait and see until then

A number of reasons. Athletes are finding their lead up to these games are now screwed. Imagine training your heart out for 4 years for this event and then several months out finding you are forbidden from leaving your home. While your direct competitor in the next country over is training as normal. Fair?

Secondly, the vast majority of the qualifying events have now been cancelled. How do the best people at this time earn the right to go.

Thirdly, Athletes at the games always live communally. share rooms, eat, travel and train together in close proximity. A good idea in the middle of a global pandemic?

Lastly, logistics. Try getting teams of 10s, 100s or 1000s including support staff and equipment, to the games while trying to negotiate ever changing travel restrictions, hazards and flight changes.

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IOC president has stated the games are still on, Thomas Bach said and will consider the health and protection of the athletes.

Insane!

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Thomas Bach is an utter clown!

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On the news they keep saying that they can't postpone, until 2021, the TV rights holders don't want it then. I say screw the TV rights holders and stage the Olympics whenever you want. This whole fiasco started because of NBC, which demanded the games be held in July and August, just for them.

Close to 75% of the revenue that the IOC makes is from TV broadcasting. Without it, the Olympics are basically on the same level as the sports festival at your kids' elementary school lol

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This is a global sports event facing off with a global pandemic. What gives? The Olympics must give way to human health and safety. Holding the Olympics puts so many people at risk (spectators, athletes, and Olympic officials, not to mention those who come in contact with these individuals). And it takes vital resources away from fighting the viral spread today. Moving forward with the Olympics makes absolutely no sense. It undermines everything countries are doing to flatten the curve. It forces athletes to take risks now by training in large teams. And it stresses already overwhelmed healthcare facilities in Japan and abroad. If enough elite Olympic athletes speak out against holding this event, the IOC and Japan will need to relent.

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And why exactly is the IOC pussyfooting around the issue? Fear of creating " disharmony* with the host ? Or It's bread is already buttered ? Or its members have been " onsen-ed" then wined and dined? Just why ?

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It's unfair and simply wrong to put all burdens on Japan (or precisely the host Tokyo?). Who caused and widespread the pandemic? Burdens and responsibility must globally be shared, and more cooperation and solidarity across event officials and other stakeholders is indispensable. Otherwise, the real loser would be not Tokyo, but the Olympic tradition itself. Hope for the best.

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For their health, the athletes themselves should boycott the Olympics, period.

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First, an Olympics without an audience was proposed. Now the Olympics will be without any athletes. No audience or athletes. That is a new concept. CoronOlympics?

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I think the Summer Olympics should be postpone to 2021.

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Postponing the Games it's not in Japan's hands; ONLY the IOC can do that.

It's mental how this FACT slips by most people. japan has absolutely nothing to do with the IOC decision. And postponement is out of the question because other world sports event don't evolve around the olympics. The olympics WILL be cancelled. Period.

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@MarkX

I say screw the TV rights holders and stage the Olympics whenever you want. 

Only if Japan is willing to reimburse US broadcasters in $1 billion or so in broadcasting rights that they paid to the IOC.

But then again, I do think $1 billion is a small price to pay after all, considering $20 billion loss that Japan stands to eat.

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With the world going into massive recession and economies going to be in chaos or ruin with massive unemployment and bankruptcies, airlines not flying and many will be bankrupt, borders closed , countries in lockdown, people worried about their next meal and who knows what will be happening in their hospitals and morgues, athletes can't prepare and no more qualifiers, who believes anything Japan or the IOC say about having the Olympics or their broadcasting rights and the economics of it will make any difference.! Even if they could, which won't be possible anyhow, who is going to come spectator or entrant? The sports people are already revolting as latest stories indicate.

Would you book a flight, and hotel and buy tickets now? Would anyone in the world?

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@Caliboy

I think the Summer Olympics should be postpone to 2021.

Agreed 100%. This decision should be made immediately so any focus directed at the Olympics can be directed where it is really needed.

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The 2020 games are as good as gone now. What they should be concentrating on, and I hope they actually are concentrating on behind the scenes, is figuring out how to hold them in 2021 so that Tokyo and Japan can salvage something from the billions they have invested in this.

The theme of the 2020 games was supposed to be recovery with a focus on Fukushima. I hope they can keep that theme for the 2021 games but change the focus to the world's recovery from the pandemic. The last thing we need is the Olympics right now, but next year they might actually be inspiring and help us to get past this mess.

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If it hasn't happened yet it will soon, individual athletes will start taking THEMSELVES out of the games.

Sadly most people can where this all is heading, SAD the IOC is still being so selfish, off the charts insanity!

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Europe has boarders neighboring each other where we people can travel back and forth in a heart beat.  Japan being an island makes it harder for people to enter due to distance.  For anyone traveling here now will find Japan very quiet, most stay home daily, wearing masks and gloves.    The trains that are usually packed like sardines in the morning are no longer and have not been for some time, and in fact as I look out my condo window each morning find the platform lined with less people each day.   Unless you live here you do not know what the true situation is, and as an ex-pat I can tell you I feel safer here than my native country of Canada where I have been warning friends for the past 2 months to take care and they now are only getting the seriousness.   Japanese took it serious from the start, and things really ramped up when Abe cut all the classes for children and where parents are now working from home with many companies encouraging this.

Cultural behavior, too, Japanese on a whole do not shake hands, kiss and or hug it is not in their makeup and never has and has helped to keep the virus from spreading.  Just look at Prince Charles who is doing the Japanese form of greeting putting his hands, together.  

Judge Abe and all the other world leaders who are taking their time to respond appropriately, however, I can tell you the Japanese people got it from the start and so that is why the numbers are not as high as elsewhere.  Now, of course, the numbers could be higher but in the thousands not, maybe, in the hundreds or a few thousands.

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Now to the Olympics they should be postponed for a year for the safety of the athletes, the Japanese and the expats that live here and who would be effected greatly by threat of spreading this virus for what?????

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Whether the games go on as scheduled or athletes are spiking volleyballs at Shiokaze Park in January...you can bet that right now the Chinese team is still training - in full MOPP gear - stopping only once per day to hose off and eat their gov-issued bat and pangolin sammiches.

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Just cancel it.

2021 is too early.

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Lives is more important than a medal. Just cancel this year 2020.

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Let the government keep on wanting (sarcasm) and maybe they will step up their game regarding this virus and completely (not just China and s. korea)  shut all doors and eradicate this friggin virus like what Canada is doing though months late. Every world leader is behind the eighth ball on this.

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Delay the games until 2012. Use the Olympic Village to test and treat virus victims.

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already too late, but it’s time to show how Democracy we are after WW2. This is going to harm our every business in future very bad. I would not enjoy the visit nor trust people who have no freedom of speech.

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