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Former IOC vice president says U.N. could decide fate of Tokyo Olympics

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Japan only listens to the UN when begging for more heritage sites to be approved.

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Make a stupid decision, achieve tragic results.

Jgovt. could've postponed it to 2024 and avoided this whole predicament.

Last summer the JOC was given a golden opportunity and they threw it (along

with our tax dollars) away.

13 ( +18 / -5 )

"China set to hold the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022,"

and since China lied to the World about Covid and blocked a WHO team to Wuhan, should not China pay a price?

5 ( +17 / -12 )

This is the IOC getting ready to pass the buck.

can just hear it now when the law suits start “it wasn’t our decision”

let this be a lesson to any city crazy enough to bid for the Olympics.

24 ( +25 / -1 )

As the pandemic is international with thousands dying every day in many countries it seems sensible to let a proven institution like the UN to decide about mass events in a democratic environment.

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Apparently, this is a kind of history repeating itself. I remember the last Athens Olympics where they almost didn't have the Olympics, due to SLOW movement with the facilities preparations. It wasn't until a new Olympic President was put in charge and got things moving to just barely having the Olympics there, or else, the Olympics would have occurred elsewhere. This was true. This time here, the IOC and Koike have been moving SLOWLY, causing tons of our taxpaying money, along with continual budget increase higher than Mt. Fuji. However, this time, the UN is stepping in. Why wasn't this done much earlier? The longer this is taking, the less people want this event to occur, and the more self-interest we've been seeing with the IOC and Tokyo.

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stickman

yes, reckon so..... also allows everyone ro pretend they're concerned about people, rather than the lucre.....

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Should a neutral party as UN be a key decision maker... then forget about the Olympics.

Any neutral party would conclude that Japan had its chance to prove that could control this pandemic, but failed to.

And without that control and a strong game plan, one simply cannot gather athletes, media etc from 205 countries safely.

I do not believe Olympics will go ahead, unfortunately as a huge sports fan, as Japan had an year to get ready for all this but chose to not adapt to the circumstances at all and just focus on the non-sense “superiority” propaganda.

Lets hope J Gov learned the lesson for future events, as this time the inaction was beyond disappointing.

This is a wake up call that Japan needs to let younger people with more energy and adaptability to take over top governmental roles, in order to remain a top economy for many decades to come. Otherwise its simply doomed.

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Tokyo organizers say they have many “countermeasures” to fight COVID-19 and hold the Olympics, but they have offered no concrete plans. They have promised more details in the northern hemisphere spring.

Tokyo doesn’t even have sufficient countermeasures to deal with Covid now, let alone during a major international sporting event.

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Tokyo organizers say they have many “countermeasures” to fight COVID-19

Would be a fantastic opportunity to prove it. I hope they don't mean "urging restaurants to close by 8" is the extend of their many countermeasures.

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About 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes will have to enter Japan, along with tens of thousands of officials, judges, VIPs, media and broadcasters.

It is unclear if fans from abroad will be allowed, or if Japan-based fans will be permitted to attend events.

The Super Premium Japan Sports Day, brought to you by Dentsu, has devolved into a sloppy wealth transfer from a put upon populace to Japan Inc./Gov and needs to be put out of its' misery. Unfortunately it has gotten to the stage where even this might not be enough to save the Japanese public from a host of harmful consequences.

Thanks Abe and the Liberal Democratic Party.

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This whole debacle leads me straight to a Premium Monday.

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The IOC has seen its income flow stalled by the postponement. The Switzerland-based sports body gets 73% of its income from TV rights, and another 18% from sponsors.

This is all you need to know.

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Um, in real terms, the Japanese government on behalf of its people decides the fate of the Olympics. If they say it is a no go, they are a sovereign country, and it becomes a no go.

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If they say it is a no go, they are a sovereign country, and it becomes a no go.

Sure, but the there are other parties who can say it's a no go, and it becomes a no go. In other words, Japan Inc. can't just say "on behalf of its people", whatever you mean by that, that it's a "go" and it becomes a "go."

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Japan has invested a reported $25 billion

Just let that sink in.

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Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to 2024 will crash headlong into Paris. Paris had a vote. 2024 won. Then the IOC asked Paris if they could move to 2028 and let Los Angeles have 2024. Paris said no and Los Angeles agreed (thanks to a $1.5 billion payout from the IOC) to host the Olympics in 2028. In a 90-year-old stadium! for the third time and other existing stadia. A money maker in 1984.

So, no, moving it to 2024 isn’t an option.

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So, no, moving it to 2024 isn’t an option.

Maybe Tokyo could have the 2032 Olympics. It hasn't been awarded yet and seems there are not many interested cities. Would solve 2 problems for the IOC.

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Zoroto,

As of today, 13 cities have shown interest in being the 2032 Olympics host city. 13! Rotterdam/Amesterdam, northern Italy, London, a North/South Korea bid (centering on their capitals), Istanbul, Queensland, Madrid, Westphalia (13 different cities), Doha Qatar, Jakarta, Mumbai, Chengdu & Shanghai (separately).

If, however, Tokyo were to throw its billions and billions of already prepared structure into the ring, will the IOC look elsewhere for fresher money?

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I wouldn't be taking notice of anything Lord Gosper has to say. His history of nepotism and an apologist for the CCP is enough to ignore this idiot, forever.

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Where do infected corona athletes, fans, volunteers go in Japan?

Hospitals barely can handle now!

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Beyond madness. Needed his face in the press

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Looks like this is testing the waters as a possible face-saving move for the Tokyo government and the IOC, as well as the powers behind the games such as Dentsu, local OCs, and the inevitable insurance companies.

Takes all the responsibility for the cancellation away from them.

Maybe some blowback from Dick Pound's statement that athletes and the accompanying Olympic circus of officials, VIPs, sponsors, organisers, judges, broadcasters and media technicians must have the vaccine for the games to go ahead, instead of local people.

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Zoroto,

As of today, 13 cities have shown interest in being the 2032 Olympics host city. 13! Rotterdam/Amesterdam, northern Italy, London, a North/South Korea bid (centering on their capitals), Istanbul, Queensland, Madrid, Westphalia (13 different cities), Doha Qatar, Jakarta, Mumbai, Chengdu & Shanghai (separately).

If, however, Tokyo were to throw its billions and billions of already prepared structure into the ring, will the IOC look elsewhere for fresher money?

Out of that, only Indonesia, India and Doha appear to be firm bids (from what I can gather from Wikipedia). None of those places have appropriate weather for Summer Games.

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Australia is currently trying to hold the Open Tennis with very few COVID cases and a few hundred international visitors and it’s proving to be near impossible. How is Tokyo going to hold an Olympic event with thousands of COVID cases and tens of thousands of visitors?

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let this be a lesson to any city crazy enough to bid for the Olympics.

Sapporo 2030. We must not let it happen. There is no bob track and no ski resort on Hokkaido big enough for the downhill. They will have to be built.

Maybe Tokyo could have the 2032 Olympics.

This would mean keeping unneeded facilities fully maintained for 11 extra years.

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The Olympics should have a permanent location in Greece.

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The IOC has seen its income flow stalled by the postponement. The Switzerland-based sports body gets 73% of its income from TV rights, and another 18% from sponsors.

And there folks is the real issue!

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Olympics are ‘cursed’

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There are way too many people who have it drilled into their minds that all decisions must be made by a centralized authority. The decision is up to the IOC, Japan, and the individual countries who may or may not participate.

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This is the IOC getting ready to pass the buck.

can just hear it now when the law suits start “it wasn’t our decision”

let this be a lesson to any city crazy enough to bid for the Olympics.

I don't think that the Tokyo bid was ever about sport primarily. Sport has always seemed to be secondary to the Japanese economy and Japanese nationalism

Well even if these games are cancelled, Japan has upgraded it's physical infrastructure for future bidding.

However Japans mental and cultural infrastructure might require change.

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Tokyo organizers say they have many “countermeasures” to fight COVID-19 and hold the Olympics, but they have offered no concrete plans. They have promised more details in the northern hemisphere spring.

Maybe they could let the cat out of the bag now?

Or maybe,the organizers are just full of it?

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My guess is, Mr Mori, head of the Japanese Olympic organizers, tried unsuccessfully to get the Games when he was Mayor of Tokyo. 

Mori was never mayor of Tokyo.

Maybe you’re confusing him with Masashi Mori mayor of Toyama.

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Sport has always seemed to be secondary to the Japanese economy and Japanese nationalism

First off are we to believe that the purpose of sport is the economy? That is the mindset that has corrupted the modern Olympics to begin with. What is the point of the “Olympic Movement” if it is driven by the needs of corporations? Also, I am always amazed at the attacks by expats on the Japanese for being nationalists - as if love and pride in ones own country is a sin. The Olympics was conceived as a competition between nations whereby passions can be channeled towards the noble combat of sport over war. If in modern sensibilities national pride is evil, the concept of Olympics itself is corrupted. Rubbish.

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The winter Olympics will not happen in China as the summer games are not going to take place here due to the virus. What is great about this is the Olympic committee who loves getting their perks and bribes will fine their pockets hit hard by this, and hopefully in the future countries will not be jumping all over themselves to get this overrated and costly event in their backyards at such a huge cost to tax payers.

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No Olympic period.

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Personnel Greed. A small number of officials stand to lose a lot of cash.

STOP THE GAMES.

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These numbers will likely go down and the Olympics will happen very safely it's going to be cancelled it's going to run very safely and successfully

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The only people who will decide are the athletes themselves if they are prepared to or able to come and countries around the world if they are in a right condition to compete or not. Not UN not IOC and not JOC!!!

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