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Schools pull out of Tokyo Olympic spectator program over virus fears

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Too right!

18 ( +19 / -1 )

They just find out about the virus this morning?

16 ( +20 / -4 )

Why ? Do they not have feith in the almighty IOC and Suga san ?

15 ( +19 / -4 )

One gets the feeling that any decision at all was made the night before it was due like cramming a term paper rather than the year in advance they had

10 ( +12 / -2 )

Good news.

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Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have begun accepting cancellations from schools no longer wishing to participate in a program that offers students the chance to watch events at nearby venues.

The Gov't is so kind! They are so nice to "accept" cancellations. How nice of you J-Gov't!

-16 ( +4 / -20 )

Finally seeing some news which makes sense and logical - hope more stakeholders also get to see the risks and pull back from their participation....

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OlympicSupport

The Gov't is so kind! They are so nice to "accept" cancellations. How nice of you J-Gov't!

At first, I had assumed this comment was sarcasm, as it couldn't really be anything else, could it?

Then I saw the handle of the poster. OMG, can they be serious??? They can't be, can they?

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School kids flipping the bird to the IOC.

Gotta love it!

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The fact this program wasnt canned ages ago is stupid beyond belief yet here were idiots galore still at the wheel of these covid games!

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So lm guess the calculations on attendance just dropped nearly 1m a day. From yesterday’s story.

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Correction 80,000 a day not 1m, still that’s nearly half a daily total of 250,000 goal. It’s just one disaster after another. Bring it on at all costs I want to see the opening ceremony!

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Get vaccinated and be comfortable to not live in fear.

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Schools pull out of Tokyo Olympic spectator program over virus fears

Not the best strategy. They should continue to wear protection like masks and gloves. Or just abstain from watching the Olympics at all.

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Oooops, maybe we will see many apologies from the JOC authorities when, they realise the 80% were right.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Understandable from the point of view of the schools, they will not have the huge amount of money the games organizers have to avoid taking responsibility of anything that happens with the pandemic and if any of the children gets the infection and have some complication (or causes secondary infections at home with consequences) a lot of money would likely change hands, by this point a lot of parents are openly again this activity.

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Not the best strategy. They should continue to wear protection like masks and gloves. Or just abstain from watching the Olympics at all.

Did you know that watching the games on the TV at home is much more effective at preventing Covid than attending a crowded event wearing masks and gloves? No, really.

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Fears? No. Why does the Japanese media always emote everything? Those responsible for making the decisions have decided the risk of infection is too high (or maybe the risk of them being held responsible if there's an outbreak among their students - also very possible, knowing how the typical Board of Education machinery grinds). This is simply common sense, just like they would cancel a school trip if a typhoon is due.

The Delta variant is spreading fast, with many clusters in schools in other countries. A school trip is an unnecessary risk, not just for the students, but definitely for all their family members, and all the adults in the schools they go to. Disappointing for the students, but they have had a year and a half to understand the impact of a pandemic.

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This works to the organizer's advantage. Now they can replace the students with spectators who paid full price.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Wise decision.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

nice one! there's some good judgement in the j-gov.

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We had planned to travel by train, but the risk of infection is high," said Tetsuya Takahashi, chief of the town's education division.

It doesn’t matter that they’re in the lowest risk category of all; or that millions of people have never stopped using trains. Nope, it matters not one whit. Their betters have decided that boarding a train in Kanagawa to go to somewhere else in Kanagawa is just too risky. Yeah right! Pull the other one, it plays jingle bells.

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klutzmanJune 13  06:23 pm JST

School kids flipping the bird to the IOC.

Gotta love it!

Younger generation has more sense than their elders in this case. Let the children lead, step outta their way.

And IOC should be ashamed of themselves for putting profit over health and PM Suga needs to man up and postpone the Games until 2022. It's the ONLY way for today.

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At last, some Common Sence being showed. Look & Learn JOC Members.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Cant blame them. Why take the risk.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Great !!.. A wise choice !!

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