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IOC approves switch of cycling venues for Tokyo Olympics

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After months of negotiations, the IOC on Wednesday approved the cycling venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including the cost-cutting move of indoor track events to a facility located two hours from the host city.

The Tokyo Olympics -- aka "The Bait-and-Switch Games".

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Next the athletes' village will be moved to a pre-existing SDF barracks in Nagano.

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Would they also care to move any event to Fukushima? After all, the plight of Fukishima was one of the draws, wasn't it?

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Yup. If anything, the plight of those in Fukushima has increased since the money and manpower is going to the olympics, instead of helping the people up there. It will be 5 years in march, and these people are still homeless. Yet the government is just focusing on the olympic logo and where to stage which event.

Disgusting.

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A sound decision to reduce money wastage and encourage visitation to and promotion of an area outside of Tokyo. This is exact kind of 'bait-and-switch' that I think most citizens could get behind.

And Fukushima is not immediately relevant to this. I don't claim to have a deep understanding of government finances but I sincerely doubt that resources/funds are being directed away from Fukushima and towards the Olympics. The issue is clearly important, but is separate. You may as well jump and down shouting 'Fukushima! Fukushima!' every single time you catch the government daring to work on something else.

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What a load of crock. Trying to play the "Win Win" hand as if this was their great plan all along.

The winning plan that was presented by Tokyo, is now but a shaky semblance of that.

Suddenly this has become the eco, money saving olympics, as if this is what was "planned all along.

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A sound decision to reduce money wastage and encourage visitation to and promotion of an area outside of Tokyo. This is exact kind of 'bait-and-switch' that I think most citizens could get behind.

Hogwash. did you bother reading the facts? The new location will only seat 4,300, and is two hours away, via an expensive Shinkansen train ride. Yup, that's going to "encourage visitation". And I don't think "most citizens" are thrilled with the track record of the Tokyo Olympics so far -- one screw-up after another. Plagarized logo, facilities that will be late being ready, a disaster for the main stadium -- that will seat 20,000 less than promised -- and lots of back-tracking on locales.

And Fukushima is not immediately relevant to this. I don't claim to have a deep understanding of government finances but I sincerely doubt that resources/funds are being directed away from Fukushima and towards the Olympics. The issue is clearly important, but is separate. You may as well jump and down shouting 'Fukushima! Fukushima!' every single time you catch the government daring to work on something else.

And Fukushima is directly relevant to this, for two key reasons. First, one of the big parts of Abe/Japan's pitch was that the games would allow the world to see Japan's miraculous recovery from the disaster. Second, the reality is that they are still dumping thousands of gallons of readioactive water into the ocean and thousands of "refugees" from the disaster are still in shacks. You are right about one thing, however, you don't have a deep understanding of how government finances work, especially in Japan. Bottom line, government spending in Japan is a battle between Japan Inc. and the people. And, once again, Japan Inc. won.

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Good job

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