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Sayonara Tokyo, bonjour Paris: Summer Olympic focus switches to 2024

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Good riddance

7 ( +19 / -12 )

Paris had a nice, well done intro during the closing ceremony.

8 ( +17 / -9 )

Panem et circenses

This is what Olympics are like all professional sports.

Just Money money money... and of course politics

8 ( +14 / -6 )

these so called olympics idea was stolen by greedy politicians,politics and of course those who are making a fortune/so called sponsors/

lucky that this pricey and embarassing "event" is over,be ready soon to pay its costs through higher prices and taxes....

8 ( +14 / -6 )

Paris can't really go wrong. Following the most insipid, immoral and pathetic games ever held is every host country's dream, and they're doing exactly that.

Let's say that corona is still an issue when the preparations start - with the amount of vaccine resistance around the world, this is not an impossible scenario. The IOC are going to find that steamrollering the French into submission is an entirely different proposition to doing so to the Japanese. As any tennis player who's gotten on the wrong side of the crowd at Roland Garros can tell you, antagonise the French at your peril.

And let's say that we've managed to get corona under control to the extent that the Paris games are "regular", i.e. with spectators. That already puts Tokyo in the shade before the opening ceremony starts.

Anyway, I will be going out of my way to watch as much of the Paris games as humanly possible, having not watched a single moment of Tokyo's.

4 ( +27 / -23 )

Bye bye comedy festival. It wasn’t funny in the end with all the lies supporting this. Can’t wait for Paris to see the real Olympics.

10 ( +25 / -15 )

Adios Bach and good riddance!

19 ( +24 / -5 )

Thank you citizens of Japan for paying 20 billion dollars for something you didn’t even want. Thanks for 3 weeks in a luxury hotel. Good luck with corona! Bye!

18 ( +24 / -6 )

Will the pandemic be resolved by 2024?

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Good. Much better scenery in Paris. Next up...winter Olympics in Beijing...skip! No thanks.

4 ( +15 / -11 )

The Games went ahead so as to symbolize the global defeat of the coronavirus. Remember that? What a joke.

7 ( +16 / -9 )

For France's sake, I hope they learn from the fiasco known as Tokyo. Winter Olympics, here we come.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

Hopefully this covid lunacy will be over by 2024!!!

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Bye bye bad rubbish.

-1 ( +10 / -11 )

And very likely to return to Sapporo in 2030 for the Winter Olympics.....

1 ( +7 / -6 )

The abrupt shift to thinking of the Paris Olympics makes my stomach churn. This roller-coaster hadn't yet come to a full stop!

We don't even have the full information yet on the virus spread consequences, and psychological consequences on the hosts of these games. I appreciate that the Olympians are going home in good health -- but they were never the main risk in this pandemic, being young and in extremely good health.

I'd still like to know, for example, why the accounting manager of the JOC committed suicide just before the games? And how many Olympics volunteers will end up in the hospital with covid-19? And how about the thousands of shuttle bus drivers who came from outside Tokyo, worked 12-hour shifts with no anti-virus protection, no PCR testing protocol, nothing but a mask, and who slept in dormitories during their time in Tokyo. They are presently headed home to places all over Japan.

My stomach churns at all these things and I'm in no way prepared to read news about the Paris Olympics.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

these so called olympics idea was stolen by greedy politicians,politics and of course those who are making a fortune/so called sponsors/

lucky that this pricey and embarassing "event" is over,be ready soon to pay its costs through higher prices and taxes....

Bingo.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Hope no coronavirus in 2024.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Looking like The french public is already having a better celebration of sport than we were able to have with our ill timed Olympics.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Before Paris Olympics 2024, Beijing winter Olympics is coming very soon next year. Probably variant coronavirus is still spreading all over the world. No doubt Beijing Olympics would be held under the strict martial law and curfew to locals for two weeks. probably no spectators again if it gets worse. but no more infections in the city during Olympics.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Paris can't really go wrong. Following the most insipid, immoral and pathetic games ever held is every host country's dream, and they're doing exactly that.

Boy, people sure hate on Japan hosting them as camera pans to Paris with crowds of people gathered together without masks, zero social distancing and a higher rate of Covid. Oh and there are many upon many people that are anti-vaccine there too that march in large protests. Yet everyone here is celebrating Paris.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Banzai and Arigato Tokyo! President Bach, Ms Hashimoto, Ms Koike, PM Suga, Mr Coates and Dick Pound amongst others are to be commended and honored for their perservance and hard work in making the Olympic happen for the athlete and the spirit of the Tohoku.

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

*Boy, people sure hate on Japan hosting them as camera pans to Paris with crowds of people gathered together without masks, zero social distancing and a higher rate of Covid. Oh and there are many upon many people that are anti-vaccine there too that march in large protests. Yet everyone here is celebrating Paris.*

The degree to which that will or will not change will depend on how Paris' preparation goes, and their attitude towards the IOC when the latter inevitably tries to pull a fast one on them in one way or another.

My guess is that where Japan rolled over and showed its belly, France will be somewhat less of a pushover.

0 ( +10 / -10 )

And very likely to return to Sapporo in 2030 for the Winter Olympics.....

It seems to me people wish no more Olympics in the future, because everything is too expensive. Sapporo's finance is not good so far now. No one can predict much good snow at that time in 2030 because of climate change. Most people would not wish future Olympics any more and hope 2020 would be the last one.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Be interesting to see the fate of any Chinese athlete who did not win gold. Anything less is considerable an abject failure and unleashes their social media bad mouthing.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Be interesting to see the fate of any Chinese athlete who did not win gold. Anything less is considerable an abject failure and unleashes their social media bad mouthing.

Bet the North Korean athletes were glad that they were ordered to boycott these games. "You did not win a medal. Report to the Dear Leader at 9 sharp tomorrow morning to explain yourself. Make peace with your creator beforehand".

2 ( +5 / -3 )

The euphoria-high of winning all those gold medals in Japan hasn't quite worn off yet - as the bill to pay for this two-week-party hasn't come due yet. The 2020 Games will all but guarantee Tokyo as well as Japan will have to increase taxes to pay for this $20 USD Billion / ¥22 Trillion hoopla, which is nearly four times more what was originally planned for.

I would expect several governors of perfectures where the Olympics only might have just had a ceremonial running of the torch through their prefecture, question why they and their citizens have to bear the brunt of the cost of the Olympics. Just like broke college kids at a bar getting surprised over their massive bar tab - they'll start disavowing being a part of the it, then demand an audit of the bill, and finally ditch the bill (when all else fails) and leave the last unaware person of the group in a lurch to pay for the whole thing.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-tokyo-olympics-staggering-price-tag-and-where-it-stands-in-history-11627049612

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Hit the bricks, Bach.

Take Koike and Suga with you.

Good luck France.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Overall, I have to say that it will be a relief to see an Olympics host not plagued by assorted insecurities or a desire to display one's newfound hard and/or soft power to the world. Beijing 2008 was about the latter (so was Pyeongchang 2018), and Tokyo 2021 was impacted by the former (i.e. relatively speaking a declining power vis-a-vis growing regional rivals like China and South Korea). France went through the whole "insecure due to a rising regional power (namely Germany)" phase more than 100 years ago. It's not hosting in 2024 to display its newfound power to the world. It has none. France is a second-tier power happy to play junior partner in the EU to Germany. In other words, I hope it will be a restoration of the Olympics as a largely non-political event. Well, after Beijing 2022. For the CCP, everything is political.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Paris sounds like it'll be a lot of fun, but then I think of the massive price gouging that will inevitably take place, and the open season on the visitors by pickpockets. It gives one pause about going.

I consider myself a semi-Francophile; I can speak French moderately well and I've been there several times. I have to say that the last time I went to Paris, it was a mixed bag. The city itself is as elegant as always, but I didn't care for the roaming gangs of people with clipboards pretending to be doing surveys but actually intent on just scamming as many people as they could.

Plus coming from Japan, where shop staff are polite - if kind of robotic - the attitude of staff in France was just terrible. Like "WTF are you doing in my shop" terrible.

And I do specifically remember hearing the warnings about pickpockets on the subway. That's a pretty poor advertisement for a city planning on hosting something like the games.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

For all the hater TikToks here: it takes more than 10 hours of YouTube a day to become an Olympic athlete (to your surprise perhaps). Above all, this Olympics were for those people and their extremely hard work.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Thank you Japan!

The chinese and russian, by far the hardest critics of Japan (next to South Korea), love it:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202108/1230915.shtml

https://www.rt.com/sport/531435-tokyo-olympics-what-we-learned/

Japan has inspired the world.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Never again... The Olympics are a money-grubbing racket.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Plus coming from Japan, where shop staff are polite - if kind of robotic - the attitude of staff in France was just terrible. Like "WTF are you doing in my shop" terrible

I agree. Especially once they sensed that I didn't speak French, I got yelled at a few times though people spoke English pretty well. That was Paris though. Outside of Paris, French people seemed nice.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Coulda been:

Be interesting to see the fate of any Chinese athlete who did not win gold. Anything less is considerable an abject failure and unleashes their social media bad mouthing.

You mean like when the three English football players during Euro2020 were subjected to racist abuse by their own fans?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I just already smell the next postponement or in this case even a real cancellation.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

They're moving on already!?

The dust hasn't even settled on the Tokyo events, let one the Paralympics

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Remember how un-threatening it seemed when PM Abe appeared dressed up as Mario after the 2016 Olympics? Like lots of people were excited for this event in a few years time that, sure, was going to be a corrupt squandering of public resources but hey at least we'd have some fun while getting fleeced.

That is where France is right now. Poor suckers.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

The IOC may want the focus to switch to Paris, but things are far from finished in Japan, i.e., the pandemic raging, big Olympic bills to pay, and the Para and Special Olympics to come.

There is also the huge elephant in the room that is prospective boycotts of Beijing over human rights abuses. Talk of this was only taken off the table to stop China boycotting Tokyo. Now that danger has passed, it's game on again.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I consider myself a semi-Francophile; I can speak French moderately well and I've been there several times. I have to say that the last time I went to Paris, it was a mixed bag. The city itself is as elegant as always, but I didn't care for the roaming gangs of people with clipboards pretending to be doing surveys but actually intent on just scamming as many people as they could.

Plus coming from Japan, where shop staff are polite - if kind of robotic - the attitude of staff in France was just terrible. Like "WTF are you doing in my shop" terrible.

And I do specifically remember hearing the warnings about pickpockets on the subway. That's a pretty poor advertisement for a city planning on hosting something like the games.

Well by stating Paris = France in your speech, i considered you as a quarter-Francophile at best.

Visit others cities, there are big differences in atmosphere and politeness. Even french people consider parisians as arrogants and not welcoming.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

paris should have been made to wait until 2028 so the Tokyo games could be rescheduled to 2024. But the french didn't want to wait and we see what happened. So I can't celebrate the paris olympics.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Wasn’t Your 4:33pm ‘signature’ quote? ;

“The Paris games will be the most ‘pathetic‘ of all olympic “

Seems ‘hypocritical’ from today’s @Kentarogaijin 9:20am:

“Thanks Tokyo.. Good luck Paris..” - ??

Well, more flighty, than frumpy.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Take your vaccinations early enough, Frenchmen - so ya don't end up having to repeat another Tokyo

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The last pandemic lasted from 1918 to 1920, three years. If this one lasts three years, 2020 to 2022, then things will be back to normal in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics. I hope.

Seems like the internet makes it easy for people to be negative. That said, I enjoyed these Tokyo Olympics, and I think they were well done.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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