Seiko Hashimoto, president of Tokyo 2020, left, and Toshiro Muto, CEO of Tokyo 2020, attend a news briefing following the IOC Executive Board Meeting at the Tokyo 2020 headquarters in Tokyo, on Wednesday, Photo: Philip Fong/ Pool via AP
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Olympic organizers delay decision until June on local fans -- or no fans

By Stephen Wade

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Why the hurry? Why not just delay until the day of the events? You show up and find out if you can enter or not.

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i would choose no fans at all.

i don't wanna bear the responsibility of people getting sick.

1 fan getting infected can potentially stop the games 'cause of the bad PR.

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the whole world's watching, the whole world's watching, the whole.... not even Japanese and I'm embarrassed. (#^.^#)

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These people are [ sarcasm ] intelligent.

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Let's choose NO OLYMPICS instead.

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Once again, the wait and pray approach to decision-making in Japan. I think the only decisions politicians in Japan are comfortable making are decisions not to decide anything. Well, unless it's policies to keep foreigners/refugees out, or fund government projects, and pass unpopular laws (rammed through, behind closed doors) that will benefit them.

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Empty stadiums most likely - except for the elites, IOC officials, foreign dignitary guests, beaming Japanese officials and politicians and media of course. Glorious Olympics symbolizing mankind’s success over the virus

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"In local municipalities the situations are rather dire," Hashimoto said. "And in this context, Japanese citizens and residents have worries and concerns. I know that. ... For the safety and security of the games, we must contain the spread of the virus as soon as possible."

This sums it up. For the safety of the games???? No, you have just showed where your priorities have always been.

This is what you should say, "For the safety and well-being of all living in Japan, we will cancel these games and put our efforts behind vaccinations efforts. All venues will be turned into large-scale vaccination centers to ensure the public is vaccinated as quickly as possible."

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If local fans end up not being allowed how will the organizers defend their excuses for not cancelling? Everybody knows by now the reasons are 100% money, but the official excuse is celebrating a victory over the pandemic, if there is close to zero celebrations, and everything has to be cancelled, reduced or modified to account for the danger of infection; there is not much victory to celebrate.

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