The "IOC Strain" sounds appropriate to me.
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Now if top Japanese athletes like Naomi Osaka and Matsuyama pull out, then it will put a lot of pressure on J-Gov.
Then if there are more on-ground protests and boycott of sponsors then IOC will take notice.
IOC bosses are very thick skinned. All these things need to happen to pressurise them to make the right call and cancel it.
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After Rakuten CEO calling the Tokyo Games a "suicide mission', Softbank CEO has raised doubts over holding the games: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/05/22/business/softbank-son-olympics-cancel/
Good to see the Business leaders of Japan showing some spine after the J-Gov has caved in to the reckless demands of IOC.
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Meanwhile, PM Suga's performance while saying "We have never put the Olympics first" should be the official entry for best actor at the Oscars.
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I hope Bach has booked refundable flight tickets for 12 July.
Knowing him he won't like to lose $$ on the flight tickets if the Olympics are cancelled.
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Rakhten CEO called holding the Tokyo Olympics as a "suicide mission".
Atleast one big leader from Japan has the courage to call a spade a spade.
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IOC will not buckle down because for them $$$ matters more than anything else. Remember IOC didn't cancel the 1980 Moscow Olympics even though 66 countries led by USA had boycotted it.
It's upto J-Gov and so far Suga has been shirking away from his responsibility.
Going to be the most controversial Olympics of all times if they take place. Here is one more reason why:
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Good to see the Japanese tennis stars starting to say what many are saying across the world
Need more voices from the sports community to put an end to this madness.
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Foreign spectators are not allowed, so the economic incentives of hospting the Games for Japan are over.
The inspirational side of holding the Olympics - to showcase victory of mankind over the pandemic - is also dim with Covid raging across the Globe with no signs of subsiding in the near future.Japan will face global shaming if Olympice become a super spreader event.
Suga might be facing the ire of public right now (rightly so), but history will be kinder to him if he finds the courage to take the right decision and cancel the Olympics.
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If IOC cancels the Olympics then they will have to return the money back to sponsors (which is roughly 70% of the total revenue of IOC).
If Japan cancels then they have to pay a hefty fine to IOC running into billion dollars.
So, clearly it's a big lie that Lives and well-being of people are being prioritised. Sadly it's all about $$$
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The same arrogance was shown by the Indian political leaders when they decided to go ahead with the Kumbh Mela (biggest religious gathering on the planet) and election rallies last month instead of focusing on controlling the spread of Covid in the country. It turned into a tragic disaster. More than 1 million people would be losing their lives (even with the under-reported numbers) in India before the second wave subsides.
They had to cancel the IPL cricket tournament in India mid-way even though being the richest cricket Board they had put up the best possible "bio-secure bubbles" for the 200 odd players. Now imagine trying to organize the Olympics for 10,000+ athletes and 50,000+ officials, media resources and volunteers who would be arriving from 200+ countries.
I hate to say it, but IOC has prioritised money over the wellbeing and lives of people. Very very sad.
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