"Russia" continues to make mockery of Olympic ban
To recap just some of the story: In Sochi, the Russians constructed a building adjacent to the drug-testing lab and then cut a hole in the wall. Each night, after the lab closed, workers passed dirty athlete samples out and clean samples in.
Two predictable things happened: Russia won the most medals. Not a single Russian tested positive. When they got done doping the Olympics, they then did the same at the Paralympics as well, which seems particularly pathetic. Russia won the most medals there, too, of course, more than three times the next-best country.
Couldn’t they have at least gotten creative and dubbed the Russians the “Sochi Hole-in-the-Wall Club”? Doesn’t cheating the world’s visually impaired skiers and wheelchair curlers out of fair competition, merit some trolling?
— Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports, https://www.yahoo.com/sports/russia-continues-to-make-mockery-of-olympic-ban-144953861.html
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ZorotoToday 09:09 am JST
We raised our hands and we sought the Olympics because we wanted to do it. If they (the IOC) tried to force something on me, I'd kick it right back at them.
You believe they literally raised their hands? And that they would "kick" something back?
Not sure what you are asking for.
The claim is that the Games were forced on Japan by the IOC. That would be an easy claim to provide sources for, if it's true.
However, to put this to bed, what we have learned over the year is that the IOC and the Japanese government both have their own self interests in holding these Games, and to claim that one has been fully subjected to the other is just outright false.
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gintonicToday 08:45 am JST
... lying Suga,s interview soundbite is your "source"? Allright then.
What source do you have to indicate that Suga was lying when he stated, "We raised our hands and we sought the Olympics because we wanted to do it. If they (the IOC) tried to force something on me, I'd kick it right back at them."
If that is not a true statement, finding a source to refute it should be pretty easy.
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rainydayToday 08:18 am JST
So they and the ones favoring cancellation are both opposed to the games that are actually happening.
Exactly. We can contort the statistics to make that argument.
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Only about 29 million are fully vaccinated or 23.3% of the population. Tokyo is under an SOE. In Tokyo, Covid cases are increasing.
The claim was that the nation's vaccine rollout is only now expanding. These numbers don’t address that.
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GdTokyoToday 07:39 am JST
I don't do free internet research. Its called Google. Give it a try. And scientific poll after poll says the Japanese public is overwhelmingly against holding the games as is virtually every public health scientist.
Virtually ever poll gave the public three choices: hold, postpone, cancel. Hold + Postpone always exceeded Cancel. But Postpone + Cancel always exceeded Hold. However, Postpone doesn’t imply that Japanese don’t want the Games. It implies that they want the Games next year instead of this year.
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GdTokyoToday 07:37 am JST
The Games were not force on the country by the IOC, as clarified by Suga in the July 20 Wall Street Journal article.
Oh, ..... Well that settles everything. The 2nd least credible person on the issue claims that the Games were not foisted upon us by an unelected quasi-state during a global pandemic, likely at the "suggestion" of the least credible person on the issue.
So … no source. That’s what I expected.
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GdTokyoToday 07:21 am JST
None of these premises are true. All polls indicated that most Japanese supported holding or postponing the Games. Japan has been vaccinating over a million a day since June 9; the rollout is not only now expanding. And Japan sought to hold the Games after they could not be held in 2020; the Games were not force on the country by the IOC, as clarified by Suga in the July 20 Wall Street Journal article. Might not be what people want to hear, but
Actually, none of THESE premises are true.
i provided my sources. Where are yours?
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Most of all, it has highlighted some embarrassing things: that much of Japan doesn't want the Games, that the nation's vaccine rollout was late and is only now expanding, and that many suspect the Games are being forced on the country because the International Olympic Committee needs the billions in media revenue.
None of these premises are true. All polls indicated that most Japanese supported holding or postponing the Games. Japan has been vaccinating over a million a day since June 9; the rollout is not only now expanding. And Japan sought to hold the Games after they could not be held in 2020; the Games were not force on the country by the IOC, as clarified by Suga in the July 20 Wall Street Journal article. Might not be what people want to hear, but …
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At least the Omuro and Braithwaite families have homes, as I am sure Osaka and Hachimura do too.
In 2020, I sold my nice house (owned) in Tokyo and moved to a nice apartment (rented) 30 minutes from central Tokyo. We looked at a lot of apartments over many months, and about 25% of real estate agents immediately questioned whether we were Japanese and informed us that the landlord would not rent to non-Japanese. That’s an insanely high percentage in 2020!
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The Takato-Yang bout was certainly an odd one. Neither wrestler ever scored a point against the other. In the end, Takato defeated Yang in golden score extra time after the Taiwanese was disqualified for committing his third foul for not being aggressive enough. Takuto, himself, even received one foul for not showing aggression.
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snowymountainhellToday 07:11 am JST
“Takishima will get his money back” -
Why do you insinuate that he will not receive a refund? Any source?
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Since each applicant was limited to four tickets each to 10 events in total in the initial application (and fewer in the subsequent two applications), my guess is that he obtained these tickets with the assistance of others.
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Fukushima people find ray of hope …
Fukushimans? Fukushimites? Fukushima people.
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Olympic competition starts today with 3 softball games in Fukushima
And six football (soccer) matches in Tokyo, Miyagi, and Sapporo.
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WotscookinToday 06:38 am JST
November? I thought the whole thing was supposed to be done and dusted by September? Hard to keep up
What source ever gave you the impression that everyone desiring the COVID-19 vaccine would get it by September? Please provide a link.
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Onsens have traditionally been common destinations for those with versions medical ailments. In fact, the phrase isshukan hitomeguri (one-week visit) is often used in discussing therapeutic bathing in hot springs to treat medical conditions and promote health.
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The total, divided by the number of days through September, comes to 1.2 million vaccinations per day, down from the current pace of 1.5 million, Kono said.
1.2 to 1.5 million doses a day is still a pretty good pace. According to Reuters, Japan has administered over “65 million doses, enough to have vaccinated about 25.8% of the country’s population.”
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Bach is expected to travel Friday to Hiroshima, and his vice president John Coates to Nagasaki.
Suga-san, stop being the IOC’s patsy. Show some backbone. Why is the Japanese government assisting Bach and Coates in this ruse to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki? There’s no contractual obligation. The additional movement throughout the country increases the likelihood of the virus spreading. And the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki don’t want them there!
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Bach replied: “I'd like to humbly ask the Japanese people to warmly welcome the athletes from all around the world.”
“Welcome us because we are vaccinated and safe — even though you are not.” Would you ask your unvaccinated relatives to welcome you? Then don’t ask us!
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Nationally, 55.6% of all Americans have received at least one COVID-19 shot …
According to the New York Times, 48% of the U.S. total population and 59% of those 18 and up have been fully vaccinated. Additionally, 10% of the U.S. population has already had COVID-19.
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… with the cancellation, we would have lost a whole generation of athletes.
Oh, Mr. Bach, a “generation” is widely considered to be 20 to 30 years. Whatever gave you the impression that it was only four?
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Wait, one person trespasses, and the police do drug tests on all four? Regardless of their guilt, a reasonable person might assume that the police would require a trigger offense or reasonable grounds to test the other three. Perhaps not in Japan.
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I’m surprised to see that huge banners are allowed on the athletes’ balconies — particularly in the windy Harumi area, where this athletes’ village is located. One of those banners could blow off, wrap around the head of someone strolling down below, and cause them to walk blindly into a utility pole.
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Thomas TankToday 10:07 am JST
Meanwhile, the All Stars baseball game is being held right now with a packed stadium in Atlanta, which is not exactly known for its cool, dry summers.
The MLB All Star game is in Denver this year.
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