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Fewer than 1,000 VIPs may attend Olympic opening ceremony

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How about reducing it to ZERO and cancelling the whole debacle?

The majority of Japanese public have had a gutful of this sick, super-spreading circus.

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They might as well have the ceremony in a school hall.

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I hope the names of these most privileged in the world 1000 VIPs will be released.

Who gets to choose this blessed 1000?

Particularly how many Japanese politicians and business leaders and their families will be among them?

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Still 1000 too many!

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No one with an ounce of dignity should attend anything to do with the Olympics.

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vips ??? lol

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vips ??? lol

Virus infected persons.

Anyway, I can't imaging sitting in a near-empty stadium will be much fun.

Perhaps they can populate the seats with androids and pipe in some crowd noise for ambience.

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It's not a poster, it's a billboard.

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It is turning out worse than I imagines. Like holding a sailing competition in a hurricane.

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Only the "crème de la crème" can attend. Only those whose 5-star hotel suits are paid for my the Japanese tax payer.

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Way too many. I should not be anyone from overseas.

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That is "fewer than 1,000" too many

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Are we normal residents supposed to feel grateful and thank these jokers for this news to contain the VIPs - is it not done mainly to reduce the public blow back where residents are banned but VIPs are allowed???

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WHY ARE ANY COMING ?

Should be NONE !

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Bidens wife plus 999 more ?

huh why ?

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May their names all be printed in the roll of dishonor !!

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What the criteria for attending?

How much gold, silver or bitcoin deposits they have made into the banks of the Lords of the Rings?

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The Tv camera operators are going to be working overtime to project the image of a full stadium. Maybe time for a bit of CG magic.

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New SOE rules for the rich.

Group sizes capped at 1000 to stop the spread.

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Why do they need to be there at all?

They're not organising, or assisting in any way. They are simply there as spectators/spreaders.

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The ceremony in the 68,000-seat stadium, slated for July 23, is likely to be limited to some officials including International Olympic Committee representatives and foreign dignitaries, but guests invited by corporate sponsors will be left to watch on television, according to the officials.

I had been kind of wondering for some time how many VIPs would actually (want to) show up.

Corporate sponsors / official partners: compared to last year, the amount of Olympic-related commercials on TV is low, very low while in my neighborhood supermarket the items with an Olympic logo have to be searched to be (potentially) found. Sponsors / Partners do not want to irk more the public than they have to.

Foreign dignitaries: I would guess most of them would prefer to "stay home" than risk coming to Japan. Frenchman Macron is the only one with a stake in this whole mess (Paris 2024). Wait and see how many others actually show up.

International Olympic Committee representatives: refer to "Foreign dignitaries" above. They got the money, no need to risk their health or life in addition to that.

To be honest, I'm expecting any day announcement that we'll have either:

cardboard characters set up in the stadium (anime characters anyone?). Watch for that wind!

Gladiator-Hollywood movie like CG-generated spectators. Watch for copyright infringements!

canned applause. Just for Christ's sake don't push any of the following buttons:

the Benny Hill Tune

the Muppet Show canned laughter

Waldorff and Stadtler's rants
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I echo others.. the idea of "VIP" attending is sickening.

What is a VIP and what makes them important? Did their company pay lots of money to sponsor this? Are they buddies of Bach & Suga?

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They have already announced that they will broadcast fake applause and cheering into venues.

Is Krygios the Australian tennis player still the only athlete to withdraw because the whole thing "is not right"? Nobody else has any dignity or empathy?

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V.I.P. "Very Irresponsible Person"

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Fewer than 1,000 VIPs may attend Olympic opening ceremony

and fewer than 1,000 people care.

put them all in one room at the stadium, let them mingle, do whatever.

whatever consequence happens as a result, happens.

It will be fun to see what becomes of all of this garbage.

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Too many people gathering at once in a ugly small stadium . Making a virus infectious cluster easily a must !!

Debarring the spectators who’s got the expensive tickets , only relatives canned space pushes up in there enjoy?

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allowing fewer than 1,000 VIPs

Among them, there are probably 5 or 6 TIPs (truely important people) that have been pressured to attend. Instead of doing their important jobs, they'll be asked to entertain Suga and Mrs Biden.

Is Krygios the Australian tennis player still the only athlete to withdraw

No. Many won't participate. Wait and see the numbers in the results every day of competition.

But don't blame the athletes. Most can't afford refusing a big competition. Even if they find an acceptable excuse, they can't communicate much individually (that'd make 2 lines in a local media at best). The small sports totally depend on country sponsored training and competitions.

Athletes would be punished by their local leagues, maybe got their career and study scholarship terminated... for no effect as they'd be replaced in 2 seconds by the next on the list.

It's easier for Kyrgios, Alaphilippe...They are stars like Sandra Bullock that chooses between 15 roles. Their sports are businesses, they sell crap for big sponsors and for them the Olympics are like charity event they may or may not include in their busy schedule.

The lack of courage is from the politicians. They were the ones there to plan the games (including bribes to get them).

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Even with fewer attendees, it is probably still important to well sanitize the different venues . . . .

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That's still hundreds more than the ZERO allowed by the government's "No Spectator Policy", and even high up the ladder, the NO Foreign Spectator Policy established going out the gate. Are these people all immune?

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Double that number then it’ll be closer to reality. Just like the Olympic budget.

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Even fewer attendees , the number too many ! Only one person better !

Only Bach watching in the venue fully enough !!

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Very Infected people.

Virus insane People.

Very irresponsible people.

Very irrelevant people.

Very idiotic people..............

Very indescribible people

we can keep going here as long as you want..........................

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Double that number then it’ll be closer to reality. Just like the Olympic budget.

Exactly,

How long before comments are disabled in this thread too,

Too frequent recently. Has it got something to do with the olympics,

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But unlike in the past, Macron, whose country is to host the next Summer Games in 2024, is the only major world leader so far to have announced his attendance at the opening ceremony.

Poignant!

At the G7 the news made a big deal about all of them supporting going ahead with the Olympics but not one leader other than Macron dates come.

G7 leader:

"Sure we will send our teams"

"Come to Tokyo, are you crazy?"

Only a fool would come here at this time, especially if they are one of the ultimate fools not vaccinated.

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This is a quote from Yokyoite worth re-posting:

The problem I think is that the continual blaming of the Olympics, which has not even started, draws away attention from the real causes.

The selective fear mongering on the Olympics, while we still pack into trains everyday shows how flawed the argument is.

I mean, unless you really do believe millions packed onto trains is safer than 5,000 people sat spaced outside in a 80,000 capacity stadium.

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Fighto!July 15  04:12 pm JST

How about reducing it to ZERO and cancelling the whole debacle?

The majority of Japanese public have had a gutful of this sick, super-spreading circus.

I bet they're glad you've elected yourself as their spokesperson.

Mind you, does not explain the huge demand for tickets that were many times over subscribed.

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Why not give tickets to health workers as they did for the 2021 Super Bowl?

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Just wondering, those that hate the Olympics.

Do you plan to complain and protest against the disabled athletes at the Paralympics ?

The vast majority of Paralympians do not get paid, and for many sport has turned their lives around.

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