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Tokyo Olympic organizers to hold talks with FINA this week

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canceltheolympics

And give taxpayers a refund.

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Probably the games organizers were planning for everybody else in the world to play along with their very ineffective plans to prevent contagions just for the "privilege" of participating, but fortunately it appears other countries have people with better ethics in charge of their sports organizations.

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And give taxpayers a refund

The money is gone. The world enjoys watching their athletes compete on the world stage. It is good entertainment for the world to see triumphs by unexpected people.

This assumes that all Olympic athletes have access to vaccines, not just the wealthy countries. The IOC should be buying vaccines for all athletes and seeing how to get them vaccinated. European and other wealthy countries won't need any help, but the same people doing the periodic anti-doping tests could easily be vaccinating athletes with a 1-shot vaccine at the same time.

Just checked the FINA.org site - it shows FINA Diving World Cup 2021 cancelled.

Almost 4 weeks ago, Korea announced vaccination for their Olympic athletes as part of public service groups. https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/olympics/south-korea-to-prioritize-coronavirus-vaccines-for-olympic-athletes/ar-BB1erNEn

The US Olympic and Special Olympic athletes started being vaccinated last week. https://sports.yahoo.com/us-athletes-vaccinated-well-olympics-004851602.html

What we get from Japan is that they won't use the Chinese vaccines, but nothing public about vaccinating their athletes. https://www.reuters.com/article/olympics-2020-vaccine/olympics-no-chinese-vaccines-to-be-taken-by-team-japan-minister-says-idUSL1N2LA08X

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@theFu

I would be shocked if Japan implemented any kind of proactive vaccination program for athletes. We've barely vaccinated any healthcare workers still, nevermind athletes or those at-risk.

I suppose the good news is that most other countries are way further along in the process, so their athletes probably would be as well. All my friends and family have long-since finished their vaccination regime, they can't believe we haven't even really started here.

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I would be shocked if Japan implemented any kind of proactive vaccination program for athletes. We've barely vaccinated any healthcare workers still, nevermind athletes or those at-risk.

Athletes come first. I wouldn't be surprised if they held the vaccines from the healthcare workers just to be able to hold the Olympics.

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And give taxpayers a refund.

Sorry, but that ship has already passed.

The problem is that if they now cancel the Olympics, the money the taxpayer would have to pay is even bigger than the one they have paid so far.

And remember: hosting Olympic Games is signing a blank check.

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No, a significant percentage of people in Japan don't want this "super-spreader" event called the Tokyo Olympics.

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