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Japan to cut number of visiting Olympic Games officials to less than 90,000

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If there’s one good thing to come out of this whole sorry and unedifying saga, it’s the inadvertent exposure of an Olympic organization that has become a byword for out of touch arrogance and mendacity. One that puts profit above community health and safety, blithely forfeiting trust and shredding brand value like there was no tomorrow. Let’s hope it leads to a rethink and downsizing of future Olympics, a return to essentials instead of trumpery.

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I've been involved with sports back home as an athlete at a pretty high level and as a dietitian at the professional level.

You would be astounded by the number of people NEEDED to support an athlete. Not providing/allowing that's is a HUGE disadvantage.

It would be like making and F1 driver get out and do the pit stop themselves.

Well, here we have it. The Olympics is no longer about amateur athletics but about FORMULA ONE performance from highly tuned biological machines requiring all manner of 'engineers' to keep the machine running at its medal winning political best. For the rest of us, it's just another program in the sports entertainment genre. And like any other genre of vacuous entertainment, those who do well become 'stars'. But NOT 'stars' of physical example, but stars of extremism, of behavior unattainable by ANY Human who is not lifted to that behavior by, apparently, MANY hands other than the 'athlete's'. Somehow, this drains enthusiasm from my regard for the 'accomplishments' we see so highly regarded and so soon forgotten... Where, exactly, is the 'celebration' in this mess...

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serendipitous1May 14  08:04 pm JST

Oh that's good news. Only 90,000 people coming to Japan from basically every corner of the Covid world.

LOL!

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The IOC has already stated, it is up to the HOST NATION to make the games safe.

If the Diamond Princess rings that deja vu bell then we’ll know what type of ride to expect...

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This Narrative is offensive. Look at India. A Cricket series infected many players.

RESULT: A Panicked Departure from the country.

What part Of Disaster, do you not understand?

When the Super Spreader takes off, will anybody put their hands up and say"""My Fault""

The IOC has already stated, it is up to the HOST NATION to make the games safe.

The IOC does not care how many will become Infected And Die.

CASH is the I O C's Bottom Line.

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They'll be lucky if 1,500 show up.

"Hey, want go sit in forced quarantine in a hotel in Japan the entire time you aren't at work?"

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A true gravy chain that is becoming rancid..,

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If it wasn’t that famous you would probably only call it simply a fraud scheme pyramid.

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90,000 officials + 15,000 athletes + Paralympic athletes and officials who enter Japan without quarantine, what could go wrong here in September.....

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I have learned today that Japanese high school children are going to be volunteers for the games. 

Is anyone else getting a Déjà vu moment?

Yep, but there is a difference , instead of naginata this time they'll have 2 masks and a bottle of disinfectant each. That poster in major papers 2 days ago was spot on. Banzai.

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90,000 leeches sucking on the olympic teet from your pocket, the tax payer, this shows you how sick and demented these people are, its bad.

Wasted money to the entitled , no thanks no games , thanks very much.

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Sounds like a huge party for IOC people. I bet they are overflowing with "volunteer" judges at every Olympics. This isn't the time for a huge party.

Only allow officials in who are fully vaccinated by J-govt approved vaccines. Latest studies show that fully vaccinated people effectively don't spread, even if they get a slight infection from all the known strains. Getting any infection is extremely unlikely for fully vaccinated people according to the CDC.

CDC documents 2012/05/13: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/participate-in-activities.html There's a non-Vaccinated vs Full Vaccinated table in there which is pretty clear.

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90,000 games officials visiting, ya say what ? Pigs with noses in the trough, who pays the tab ?

Screw em.

90,000 visiting officials ..........................W T F , its worse than we thought.

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Even if each athlete is bringing with them one coach, one physician and one extra person with them there is still a loooong way to reach 90000 extra people. Who TF are the rest?

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I have learned today that Japanese high school children are going to be volunteers for the games. 

Is anyone else getting a Déjà vu moment?

JP government, please stop the games!!!

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@heimsendi

Yep, if any other developed country had been this bad the government would have been out on it ear a long time ago.

But because the government is so secretive and investigative journalism near non existent, the government gets away with it.

But I keep asking the question from all those that says the numbers are just fine.

If at the highest testing point including the public health centre, private labs, universities, medical institutions from the entire country have never been able to test 90,000 in a single day how is Tokyo going to test 105,000 Olympic athletes, officials, plus the 10,000 local support staff as well as hotel staff, restaurant staff, etc... every day?

I will be very surprised if they release the test numbers.

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Oh, that’s OK, then!

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By the way, what exactly is an "official"?

Is a coach an official? Or a we just talking about suits coming to "represent"?

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Total 63,532

Just to compare Ontario Canada is with only 14 million people is conducting 60,000 tests a day.

Japan has 126 million people Tokyo 34 million.

Antiquesaving,

it is indeed alarmingly low testing. The week before Easter in France, 3,9 million tests were made. That's around 557 000 a day in a country of 67 million people.

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I think this information was sprung at the last moment. Had anyone known this colossal number before? As host, Japan can provide all the assistants.

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Oh that's good news. Only 90,000 people coming to Japan from basically every corner of the Covid world.

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Japan to cut number of visiting Olympic Games officials to less than 90,000

I have to admit when I first saw that number I thought it was a typo with 1 or 2 extra zeroes. I never knew how much fat was on the Olympic bone.

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It’s good they are cutting these people. They are likely vaccinated and immune to the current variants in their home nations, but coming here would expose them to a nation still reeling from an increase in patients, and likely new variants as they struggle to even get to the 2% vaccination rate. It’s like security keeping people from entering a danger zone for their own protection. Thanks, Muto, for keeping the disease at home.

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Completely reckless letting anyone come in at this point, but 90,000 people from every corner of the world running around Tokyo without the need for quarantine, absolutely madness!!!

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Basically, it’s all a mess with so much confusing information. Just cancel the games.

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Here you go: Full country wide daily numbers thanks to Antiquing -san

https://toyokeizai.net/sp/visual/tko/covid19/en.html

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If just 5% are infected that's 4500 cases. Gonna need a lot of spare hospital beds.

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I couldn't even get past the first line 90,000?!! Normally it'd be 180,000??

Maybe they need to compete in their own Olympics.

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For the last year an Olympic team from Sudan have been living here supported by the local authority and people.

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So according to the data collected by Tokyo Keizai, yesterday in all of Japan here are the total number of covid tests done:

Public health centre 8,117

Private testing 32,108

Universities 3,605

Medical institutions 19,662

Total 63,532

Now some please tell us how they plan on testing daily 90,000 official plus Athletes when they cannot even do it now?

Just to compare Ontario Canada is with only 14 million people is conducting 60,000 tests a day.

Japan has 126 million people Tokyo 34 million.

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{ AN INCREASE IN COVID IS COMING ]

I do think that Japan is in for a big shock when the Japanese Government starts to finger point and start declaring and having meetings and conduct more studies as to why the COVID number are going up during and after the Japan Olympics. I am sure that after they study this issues for the next year or so, conclusion will be that the internationals brought the pandemic to the ultra clean games.

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It shows you just how many hangers on there were to begin with in this increasingly three ringed circus.

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Internet search indicates, The 2020 Summer Olympics will award medals across [only] 339 events . . . 90,000 officials seems excessive . . . . .

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I thought that bidding for the games was a bad idea and waste of public money, however, I was of the opinion that with vaccinated athletes staying in the village, no overseas fans and "probably no or very few" spectators in the stands that the Olympics would be a low risk event. But 90,000 blazers on a jolly junket to Japan at someone else's expense? Vaccinated or not? Regardless of where they are coming from? Free to roam?

Hmmm.... Maybe time for a rethink!

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According to these reported numbers in this article, with possible further cuts, I'm still wondering how Koike (mentioned in an article from last month) can call the Olympics "wonderful".

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Depending on the pandemic situation, he said, talks about further cuts could be necessary.

Depending on the situation... HUH??? No more deciding if more talks could be necessary. Just take your heads out of wherever they currently are, and face up to the situation NOW. CANCEL IT!

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You would be astounded by the number of people NEEDED to support an athlete. Not providing/allowing that's is a HUGE disadvantage.

Yes I am guessing you are from one of the rich countries.

When this disaster called the Olympics came my home city a family member Living and working in a certain African country begged all the family members to host Athletes, the few coaches and official because they had no funds to pay for their stay ( athletes can only stay in the Olympics village during their scheduled competition time.

The vast majority of these people will be from rich countries where each athlete has their own personal coach, trainer, etc.. as well as the official team ones.

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It was news yesterday that Japan Doctors association delivered its opposition to the Olympics going ahead to the Health Ministry. Not reported here I think and conveniently ignored by the IOC and Japanese ministers.

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I can't wait to see how this already failed Olympics will unfold in July. It's beyond ridiculous how it's not cancelled already.

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The government testing centres cannot even handle testing 10,000 a day the most hospitals and private facilities have every been able to do test has been 65,000.

So a simple question is how are they going to test nearly 100,000 people a day and keep testing the Japanese public?

I am guessing we will have zero cases in the Japanese public during the Olympics as no testing will be done.

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I've been involved with sports back home as an athlete at a pretty high level and as a dietitian at the professional level.

You would be astounded by the number of people NEEDED to support an athlete. Not providing/allowing that's is a HUGE disadvantage.

It would be like making and F1 driver get out and do the pit stop themselves.

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Damn are they importing attendees too? That's enough people to make most of the venues look full.

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The other thing about this is the next time you hear about a lack of funding for grass roots sports, no playing fields for kids, public gyms closing down, towns closing leisure pools and the like (one closed near us last year), remember that sports federations think its good to send a handful of blazers per athlete to the Olympics. Even during a pandemic.

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Japan to cut number of visiting Olympic Games officials to less than 90,000

90,000? Well Australian Open had clusters happening with way less.

But on the other side... 90,000 is probably just a few morning pcked trains (even now during SOE) on Yamanote line ne?

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90,000 is still ALOT of people...especially with no quarentine, and no jabs. This gov't has lost their fricking mind. I am almost to the point where I don't even want to read this daily garbage. 1 athlete is to many...

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Wait a little while back they said they were going to cut 90,000 down to 30,000.

Now it turns out that 90,000 was actually 180,000 and the 30,000 is now 90,000.

Can the IOC and TOC say anything without lying?

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90k people with no quarantine.... International party time

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Where are these 90k people staying at? Also at the Olympic Village?

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so something over 100,000 altogether.... plus the thousands and thousands of Meeja-peeple (remember in a previous comment of mine, that one Spanish Meeja company would have 2,000 staff here by the time the five-ringed-circus starts. that's one company, from one country. so.... very large numbers of people entering the country, and moving around, to the various venues of the quote 'compact Olympics' unquote.... and even though none of them of course will be wanting to party, nevertheless..... seems to me that the 100% 'safe' Olympics could be a touch tricky to pull off.....

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Ginza's gonna be busyyyyyy.

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Please give them free rail passes between the hours of 6:30 am and 8:30am each morning the are here.

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the number of visiting officials to this summer's games to 90,000 or fewer as part of its simplification efforts, the committee's CEO said.

The number of athletes has remained unchanged at about 15,000

Administrative bloat. Cut the officials down to ZERO.

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90,000?

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"Only people who have a role to play, the operational role to play will be in Tokyo," he said.

The IPC has also cut the number of its own staff coming to the games by more than 25 percent, Parsons said.

I wonder why they were coming in the first place then, if they are not necessary.... I wonder what on earth could be the reason.... (⌒▽⌒)

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I hope they are going to urge them all to be in bed by 8pm and no alcohol, that's sure to fix it.

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6 "officials" are still needed for each of these athletes? Just goes to show what a joke the olympics is.

Cancel the horrible trainwreck NOW.

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