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Tokyo Olympic organizers say virus fears banished by success of gymnastics test event

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By Jack Tarrant

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In addition, the last brain cells must have been completely banished before making that statement , too. lol

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If the virus fears have banished the audience wouldn't have to wear masks, do they? What seems to have banished for me is the excitement and hype for the events.

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Wait a few days and see the number of infections go up as it has been since Monday! Some of those who attended this event might also add to that tally!

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Wait a few days and see the number of infections go up as it has been since Monday! Some of those who attended this event might also add to that tally!

Don't worry about that! There's a very good answer: TEST LESS! And then the Virus will magically disappear.

27 ( +29 / -2 )

Don't count your chickens before they hatch...

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"They were worried they might be infected and you can see that fear deep into their eyes. But each day that they spent time in Japan, they managed to ease their fears. At the end of the day you could see the joy in their eyes."

He should be in charge of Olympic testing. Just look into the eyes for deep fear, when it turns to joy you’re clear.

That’s a snappy slogan too:

“Deep fear but sports enjoy, all clear when we see joy”

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I love how these clowns push the idea that a vaccine is a silver bullet and we can have all the pomp and circumstance we would have had Covid-19 not come to be. The EARLIEST a vaccine will be available to even a select few is next summer. Won't stop the audience from spreading it, especially if they decide, "Well, we've got a vaccine -- let's go back to overbooking and packing everyone in!" They are so utterly desperate.

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Wow! You have to be on the JOC books. How much money did they pay you to spout this dribble.

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No need for a vaccine. What a bunch of ....

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It takes up two weeks for the virus to present. IOC can time travel?

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"When they arrived in Japan, you could see fear in their eyes," Watanabe said, following a meeting with Tokyo 2020 organizers. "They were worried they might be infected and you can see that fear deep into their eyes. But each day that they spent time in Japan, they managed to ease their fears. At the end of the day you could see the joy in their eyes."

Fantasy Island levels of projection there, sport. Just who is this shameless propaganda aimed at?

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And the gold medal for ignorance goes to.....

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"When they arrived in Japan, you could see fear in their eyes," Watanabe said, following a meeting with Tokyo 2020 organizers. "They were worried they might be infected and you can see that fear deep into their eyes. But each day that they spent time in Japan, they managed to ease their fears. At the end of the day you could see the joy in their eyes."

LOL Who wrote this drivel?

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Nakamura said the vaccine has not been used yet and so was not part of the preparations

Eh? What happened to the “Tokyo games will go ahead only if there is a vaccine” statement?

it’s way too early to start celebrating success. The virus has a two-week incubation period. Just because someone doesn’t have a fever doesn’t mean they are not carrying the virus.

It seems extremely reckless and careless to me to have such a large crowd of international athletes and spectators with no distancing at all.

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"When they arrived in Japan, you could see fear in their eyes," Watanabe said, following a meeting with Tokyo 2020 organizers. "They were worried they might be infected and you can see that fear deep into their eyes. But each day that they spent time in Japan, they managed to ease their fears. At the end of the day you could see the joy in their eyes."

Oh...fgs...stop it with this cringeworthy propaganda stuff....this is like something from the 1950,s communist textbook. " Fear in their eyes being replaced with joy".... The only fear is here is coming out of LDP J-Inc cronies who fear missing out on the promised Olympic pork they used a lot of brown envelopes for.

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Looking forward to the games being canceled for good.

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people say anything to forward personal interests.

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Olypimpics getting the green light!

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Thank God! I was really afraid they would say, "Well, we tried, but it just can't be done. Let's cancel the Olympics immediately."

Phew...

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Japan is pushing for this,few countries in a competitive level will mean more medals and “prestige” for them.

But fear not people,as the organizers says Covid will be magically defeated by the joy of the Olympics.

Oh my.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Delusion grandeur, one non-contact discipline with just a few contestants and officials from 4 countries used as a barometer when the olympics proper will involve more than a million fans, officials and athletes.

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10 out of 10 for the best Olympic propaganda piece I have read yet....

12 ( +12 / -0 )

I think Japan should not obsess the Olympic so much. Even if Japan can hold it in 2021, revenues from the Olympic will be quite small and many countries will not have any interests in it.

And If Japan says repeatedly the Olympic is probable in 2021 without any troubles, the other countries which have struggled in the Covid-19 may hate Japan.

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The much vaunted game-saving Pfizer vaccine is estimated to be 90% effective.

So out of 10,000 people vaccinated, 1,000 could get infected, i.e. 1 in 10.

Good odds?

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Since they don't do the requisite testing they can make up whatever story they want

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Money is a easy logical reason to say "everything was successful".

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What an ignorance, disrespect and pure nonsense.

why give it too much attention.

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The 2020/21 Olympics as a kamikaze event?

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Yeah yeah yeah. Let them have there Olympics as I could care less. This virus is very fishy.

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The only ones that want the Olympics to go ahead is the Japanese Government and the Olympic committee.

WHY? The Japanese Government believes they are going to see a return on their money spent and I should say over spent on structures for this one time event and the Olympic committee are dreaming of all getting their gorgeous perks that many countries pay out which may be a last for a very long, long time. Because, no country in the future is going to want to hold the Olympics after what has happened this year to Japan and the COVID has drained money from everyone's pockets due to job losses or cuts in pay.

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Good they hurdled this initial step but there are lots more that need to be done.

Of course it would be so easy to just give up like what all the losers here advocate.

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They are joking right? I mean seriously, are they totally out of their frigging mind?

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What a load of dung. This event was just a few days ago, so there is no way you can draw any conclusions.

There is the possibility that all spectators were healthy and not a single one carried the virus. Would that show us that there is no risk of a spread if a carrier of the virus ends up at the next event? Surely not. In the same way people testing positive after the event won't tell us if and how big the risk of infection is either unless you can ensure that they were definitely healthy before the event and also had no contact to other people after the event.

You'd have to repeatedly hold such events and at times place carriers (those that will not get caught by the temperature check) among a crowd that is definitely healthy and never had the virus to say for sure if such events are safe. But unless people are willing to play guinea pigs it's somewhat impossible to accurately assess the risk. How likely is it that you'll find thousands of healthy people willing to take part in an experiment that might lead to them getting infected? Afterwards you'd also have to isolate everyone to make sure that they don't catch the virus somewhere else if you want accurate data. Only then would I talk about a success if no one else got infected.

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