sports

Fans to be barred from Paralympics

39 Comments
By STEPHEN WADE

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

©2022 GPlusMedia Inc.

39 Comments
Login to comment

Albert DeFilippoAug. 17  07:49 am JST

They were barred from the regular Olympics too but many of my acquaintances showed me their photos of them and crowds of others around the Olympic stadium and village hoping to see some athletes. Something you won't see one TV.

Suga's word are as much listened to as his words about "state of emergency". Noone is listening and every place is packed with people.

So you have two choices. Listen to Mr. Suga or just go out and enjoy your life and pray for the best. Based on what I see, most all are going with the latter.

Suga has been a Sukkup to Bach and lost all credibility and valodity. His words should be ignored.

The cases related to the Olympics were just a few hundreds.

.'Just a few hundreds'?. That's what some idiotic Hitleresques Senato officials are daying. That's hundreds of lives more than what God allows.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Parsons, speaking at a news conference, said there was no room for complacency in the wake of the Olympics.

The millions reading this on the trains and in the stations must be wondering must be wondering

3 ( +3 / -0 )

"The Olympics," Ozaki added, "is a festival and might have affected the people in ways to loosen up and served as an indirect cause of rising cases."

Starting to introduce and publicise the idea that holding the Olympics was a contributory factor to the higher rates of infection...

0 ( +1 / -1 )

kohakuebisuToday  01:38 pm JST

A sensible decision, but still a highly regrettable outcome.

The blame lies with those who decided on 2021 and not later. It seems that that was the LDP and Abe for personal pride and electioneering purposes. The second year of the Spanish flu of 1919 was worse than the first, so there was a historical precedent which urged caution. This is what happens when politicians ignore experts.

Exactly. How are they not being questioned about the 2022 option that was offered?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Spreading coronavirus is a sure way of increasing the profile of the paralympics.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Just cancel, Bach has already made his money.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

A sensible decision, but still a highly regrettable outcome.

The blame lies with those who decided on 2021 and not later. It seems that that was the LDP and Abe for personal pride and electioneering purposes. The second year of the Spanish flu of 1919 was worse than the first, so there was a historical precedent which urged caution. This is what happens when politicians ignore experts.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

TheTruthIsOutThereToday  01:26 pm JST

@Flute Today  01:05 pm JST

What is the point of the post ?

Japanese government is just useless

Next time perhaps a bit of context would be needed to avoid confusion.

I was really starting to wonder as one moment you seem to be on one side of the government the next the other side.

Thanks for the clarification.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

@Flute Today  01:05 pm JST

What is the point of the post ?

Japanese government is just useless.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Pointless. Yeah the paralympics are not as exciting. Watching disabled people in wheelchairs and prosthetic legs. But just with the Olympics, people are just going to gather in mass and watch from afar. Makes absolutely no difference in curbing the spread of the virus.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Not to sound rude, but are crowds rushing to see paralympians?

I had my doubts about that too.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

And yet, fans continue to attend J League, Baseball and even Fuji Rock, and go to work on packed trains.

Despite this, some will still claim the Paralympics and Olympics before it are the cause in the rise in cases, and so the problem persists.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

These athletes need the support.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Not to sound rude, but are crowds rushing to see paralympians? There is so little media coverage that it seems the whole thing has already been swept under the rug anyways.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

AntiquesavingToday  10:50 am JST

If you need a better reason why Japan needs to loosen testing requirements read the following article

Not mentioned is the fact it is only effective if started early, under Japan's restrictive testing this reduces the chance of it being effective as the treatment is started far later than if people know early on if they have covid.

I agree with you that Japan needs to test 10 times more to apprehend the situation. I never wrote that Japan was doing right with the pathetic number of tests done now.

And the antibody cocktail is just another show from the most incompetent government of a rich country.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

The cases related to the Olympics were just a few hundreds..

Those were just athletes, staff and volunteers directly involved, cases linked to the Olympics indirectly because of people gathering to watch the sports day, be it outside venues or Games watching parties etc are in tens of thousands....

2 ( +4 / -2 )

TheTruthIsOutThereToday  09:49 am JST

If you need a better reason why Japan needs to loosen testing requirements read the following article

https://japantoday.com/category/politics/japan-pm-suga-inspects-covid-19-antibody-cocktail-treatment?comment-order=latest

Not mentioned is the fact it is only effective if started early, under Japan's restrictive testing this reduces the chance of it being effective as the treatment is started far later than if people know early on if they have covid.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

It’s surreal how much effort is put into blaming the Olympics - not saying public should be allowed, but at least there’s a zillion tests run on every non Japanese incoming participant- while literally every-single-day sports events like soccer and baseball matches are attended by 5,000 people, in smaller stadiums because of the attendance cap, which means people are even closer than usual in contradiction with the whole idea of limiting the number of fans. For instance 5,000 people in Yokohama F Marinos Nissan stadium of 80,000 capacity can could at least respect social distance rules, but if they play in a smaller stadium like last Saturday vs Oita then every seat is occupied.

I try to point at the moon, let’s not spend too much time on the finger.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

NorthernlifeToday  10:10 am JST

How about canceling and turning the Athletes village into a Covid emergency hospital or a big vaccination center..oops that's right we don't have the vaccines...oh no we can't do that our little brown envelopes have been delivered...

Probably this is not allowed by Japanse law. Are there enough medical equipment and doctors and nurses to take care of patients from a highly infectious disease ?

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

i think this was to be expected after no spectators at the Olympics and the surge in infections.

Why do they think it is OK to have children at the events, as reported in a number of other news outlets.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2021/08/57231f368834-paralympic-committee-chief-arrives-in-japan-for-tokyo-games.html

It appears to have “educational value”. In normal times this would be a good thing to do, but these are not normal times.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

I can't believe they were even considering having fans attend.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Well everyone is now back on the jam packed trains everyday so it would be silly to congregate after work or at events, wouldn't it, smh

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Remember the 安全、安心? They forgot to mention that 安全、安心 without any spectators. It was cheaper to film the athletes in their home countries during a sporting event, compare the results, edit it and put it on TV. For the viewer, the effect would be the same.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Oh, how convenient.

All the Japanese representatives in the meeting are women.

I guess the “men” had enough of taking the blame for this crap show already.

They decided to give all “the power” to the women for the lesser of the two “Lympics.”

Give women “equal power” and make them the “scapegoat” all at once, kill two birds with one stone, yet keep all the dirty tax money being wasted.

”geniuses…..”. (SMH)

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Fans to be barred from Paralympics

and the crowd goes mild.

one thing we can cheer about.

Now that the second “official announcement” has passed. We never have to hear this redundant garbage ever again.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

KentarogaijinToday  08:24 am JST?

The cases related to the Olympics were just a few hundreds..

Try reading the article first before commenting.

Olympics, although medical experts said the surge was not directly linked the Tokyo Games. Rather, experts suggested an indirect effect as the public was distracted and lulled into a false sense of security that staging the Games offered.

"The Olympics," Ozaki added, "is a festival and might have affected the people in ways to loosen up and served as an indirect cause of rising cases."

if you need help with the English someone here can.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

And we the sheeple are supposed to be grateful to govt for making this decision and say a big thank you???? (Sarcasm)!!

8 ( +9 / -1 )

The mass delusion continues.

Still holding the event with cases at the level they are even with the ridiculously low testing to somehow pretend things are not as bad as they really are.

This was the same delusion that we had before the Olympics extremely low testing giving the illusion things were not so bad then even "officially" cases triple.

Now more illusion so we can what get a gold medal for quadrupling cases?

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Once again, pushing an event down the people's throats, and at the same time, "urging" the public to stay home!

Another in a loooooonnnnnggggg line of head scratching declarations from the powers that be!

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Good start.. Now add competitors, officials and the numerous "hangers on".

7 ( +11 / -4 )

They were barred from the regular Olympics too but many of my acquaintances showed me their photos of them and crowds of others around the Olympic stadium and village hoping to see some athletes. Something you won't see one TV.

Suga's word are as much listened to as his words about "state of emergency". Noone is listening and every place is packed with people.

So you have two choices. Listen to Mr. Suga or just go out and enjoy your life and pray for the best. Based on what I see, most all are going with the latter.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Fans to be barred from Paralympics

Barring paying fans at venues elicits a sense of safety during a pandemic, but I question whether the JOC will then be filling those venue seats with non-working volunteers, like was done at the U.S. - Japan gold medal game in women’s basketball nine days ago?

12 ( +13 / -1 )

THe right decision but how did it take so long to come to this? Why the hesitation?

as for crowds not gathering on the roads etc, good luck stopping that!

15 ( +16 / -1 )

Fans to be barred from Paralympics

Nothing strange about it, with current rising covid cases it even should be canceled.

https://japantoday.com/category/national/Number-of-severe-COVID-patients-in-Japan-hits-record-for-3rd-day-in-row

16 ( +17 / -1 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites